Wednesday, March 21, 2012
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File Photo Amy Pitts, front left to right, Leah Jester and teresa Scoggins work at the nurses station at the Eastside Medical Center Emergency Room back in December as Dr. Mark Cruz, back right, discusses a patient with scribe Mona Shukla. Eastside Medical Center will increase its cardiac care offerings this spring, thanks to a partnership with Piedmont Heart Institute.
SNELLVILLE -- Eastside Medical Center will increase its cardiac care offerings this spring, thanks to a partnership with Piedmont Heart Institute.
The Snellville hospital is scheduled to begin offering percutaneous coronary interventions -- or PCIs, more commonly know as angioplasty and stenting -- "on or around" May 1, after it gained approval by the state to provide additional interventional cardiology services. Proposals were received from several different cardiology groups, Eastside officials said, before Piedmont Heart Institute was chosen as a partner.
"Eastside is pleased to offer this life-saving cardiac procedure to our patients and fulfill a community need that benefits the area's growing population," Eastside CEO Kim Ryan said in a statement. "Now, patients and families will have the best available heart care at our hospital."
Piedmont has a well-established reputation for cardiac care. It has been awarded HealthGrades' cardiac care excellence and coronary intervention excellence awards three years in a row. Seven of the organization's physicians were recently ranked among the country's top cardiologists by U.S. News and World Report.
"At the core of our strategic partnership is a shared commitment to provide high quality care to our communities," Piedmont Heart Institute CEO Sid Kirschner said. "We look forward to a dynamic collaboration and to sharing our skill and experience with Eastside Medical Center and the community to improve heart health and overall wellness."
Both major Gwinnett hospitals now offer angioplasty and stenting. Gwinnett Medical Center began offering the service in early 2011 as it prepared for January's opening of the Strickland Heart Center, the county's first open heart surgery facility.