SEATTLE, Dec. 9, 2009 – Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute (SHVI) recently completed arrangements with Seattle Cardiology to integrate adult cardiac services at the group's six clinics into the Institute's clinical organization. The 11 board-certified cardiologists at Seattle Cardiology – as well as its advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, cardiac catheterization lab technologists, and administrative staff – are now Swedish employees.
The Seattle Cardiology clinics that are now part of SHVI include those in James Tower, Metropolitan Park and Northwest Medical Building in Seattle, as well as clinics in Redmond, Aberdeen and Port Angeles. Seattle Cardiology's current patients will only notice minor changes (e.g., changes to billing letterhead, signage and registration) as a result of this transition.
This important step in the Institute's development of a robust and closely integrated community of Swedish cardiologists is expected to provide enhanced coordination of care, as well as operational efficiencies. Access to the Swedish electronic medical record system will facilitate clinical communication between Seattle Cardiology, and the multiple Swedish sub-specialists and ancillary services that play key roles in caring for cardiac patients.
"In the last several decades, we have seen considerable improvement in the prevention, detection and treatment of heart disease. Nevertheless, it continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States," says Howard Lewis, M.D., executive director of SHVI. "Our goal is to expand relationships with cardiologists, such as those at Seattle Cardiology, who are committed to the highest practice standards and share the Institute's vision of improving the integration of patient-focused care."
Cardiologists at the Seattle Cardiology clinics include specialists in interventional, endovascular, nuclear and preventive cardiology, as well as electrophysiology (the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm problems, such as atrial fibrillation).
"The added expertise Seattle Cardiology brings to Swedish will help us better meet the needs of adults in western Washington," says Dr. Lewis. "We're looking forward to including these cardiologists in a professional dialogue that focuses on the best research, the best technology and the best quality in order to achieve the very best outcomes for our heart and vascular patients."
SHVI also is working closely with Swedish Medical Center in planning clinical services at the new medical office building currently under construction on the Swedish/Issaquah campus. The five-floor building, which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2011, will bring primary care and specialty services – including cardiology – to the rapidly growing greater Issaquah/Sammamish area.
"We are pleased to have the unique opportunity to design cardiology services at the Issaquah campus from the ground up," says Lewis. "Evaluating the projected growth and demographics of that area will help us determine the services that will best meet that community's needs in the years to come."
The addition of Seattle Cardiology to the expanding network of Swedish cardiology clinics – as well as the future growth at Swedish/Issaquah – is an indication of the Institute's commitment to improving patient access to Swedish heart and vascular services in western Washington.
About Seattle Cardiology
The board-certified cardiologists at Seattle Cardiology provide general cardiology consultation and disease management. Subspecialty areas of expertise include coronary disease and interventions; congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy; echocardiography and vascular ultrasound; electrophysiology, including catheter- and device-based arrhythmia management; lipid management and preventive cardiology; nuclear cardiology; peripheral and carotid artery disease and intervention, including endovascular repair of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm; as well as structural and vascular heart disease and intervention.
About Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute
The Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute is a regional network of physicians at hospitals and clinics across the Puget-Sound area. It offers a broad spectrum of adult and pediatric cardiovascular-care services – from surgical and interventional procedures to the latest advances in heart-disease prevention, diagnosis and cardiovascular health and wellness. The institute includes more than 20 member clinics and four medical-center affiliates, including Swedish's Cherry Hill and First Hill campuses in Seattle; Stevens Hospital in Edmonds; Highline Medical Center in Burien, and Valley Medical Center in Renton. In addition, the Institute focuses on research and education as fundamental tools in fighting heart disease. For more information, visit www.swedish.org
To read a related article posted on the Puget Sound Business Journal Web site Dec. 10, click here.