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Care New England Announces Expansion of Cardiovascular Services
04/21/2014

Care New England announced today an expansion of its cardiovascular services made possible through a strong clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston. This program, staffed by Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England, provides convenient locations for its patients at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket; Women & Infants' 90 Plain Street facility in Providence and Kent Hospital in Warwick, while offering treatment for all but the most complex cardiac diagnoses locally.

This expansion comes a year after a clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women's Hospital established a comprehensive program at Kent Hospital and also integrated existing BWH services at Memorial Hospital. Since then, it has grown to include many additional services including advanced cardiovascular imaging modalities such as cardiac CT, the advanced valvular heart disease service, and the advanced heart failure service with transplant consultation. These services are provided by board certified cardiologists and a team of Care New England nurses and clinical support staff.

In addition to the array of advanced services, outpatient consultations and stress testing, cardiac catheterization and heart failure clinic nursing support are available. There is also access to cardiovascular clinical trials, a cardiac telemedicine program and congestive heart failure management program and a full range of cardiac arrhythmia services. Also, when appropriate, doctors can quickly arrange for the most advanced, world-class care at BWH in Boston, with follow-up care back home.

"Care New England is committed to serving the health needs of our community by providing coordinated care across a full spectrum of services and settings. Our goal is to keep patients well, but ensure they have expert and highly specialized care close to home when they need it most," said Dennis D. Keefe, president and CEO, Care New England.

"We have an enormous amount of pride in the Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England. These talented physicians are full time faculty members at BWH and offer exceptional cardiovascular services to patients in RI, while having the ability to refer cases to BWH when more advanced services are necessary," said David Williams, MD, senior physician in the Cardiovascular Division at BWH.

"When an advanced procedure is necessary, such as a heart assist device or a complex electrical procedure, patients are referred to BWH and the transition is seamless due to extensive direct communication that will have already occurred, often via telemedicine, between our physicians located at the BWH main campus and our BWH Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England," said Dale Adler, MD, executive vice chair of the Department of Medicine at BWH.

"The continued expansion of our cardiology programs helps us to provide patients and their families with more coordinated and efficient care and brings further expertise to Care New England, supporting our efforts to create a regional center of excellence. We will continue to strive to provide this care in a compassionate and thoughtful manner," said Chester M. Hedgepeth, III, MD, PhD., executive chief of cardiology at Care New England.

For more information log on to www.carenewengland.org/cardiology.

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