Snellville, GA (March 21, 2012) — Eastside Medical Center is excited to announce that it will begin performing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures beginning this Spring, fulfilling the need for expanded cardiac services in Gwinnett County.
“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,” says Kim Ryan, chief executive officer at Eastside Medical Center. “Now, patients and families will have the best available heart care at our hospital.”
PCI (angioplasty) is a common non-surgical procedure used to restore blood flow to blocked arteries of the heart.
Eastside Medical Center received approval by the State to provide additional interventional cardiology services, enabling the hospital to provide a truly comprehensive cardiology program. Proposals were requested and received from various cardiology groups. Piedmont Heart Institute most clearly exemplified the services and capabilities that Eastside Medical Center required.
This new cardiology partnership creates a model of health care that focuses on quality, patient satisfaction, and excellence. With a substantial outflow of patients into Atlanta to seek cardiac care, Eastside and Piedmont Heart plan to provide exemplary cardiac services to meet the community needs and provide convenience to Gwinnett County residents.
”At the core of our strategic partnership is a shared commitment to provide high quality care to our communities,” said Sid Kirschner, chief executive officer of Piedmont Heart Institute. “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.”
Piedmont was awarded the Cardiac Care Excellence and the Coronary Intervention Excellence awards three years in a row, as well as the Cardiac Surgery Excellence award two years in a row by HealthGrades. Additionally, seven of the organization’s physicians were ranked among the top cardiologists in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.