Eastside Cardiology Associates will join Evergreen Hospital Medical Center effective Dec. 26, 2010. The partnership will provide the community with more integrated cardiology services and improved coordination of care. All 10 physicians and more than 60 staff and support members will become employees of Evergreen Hospital.
“Evergreen and Eastside Cardiology Associates have worked closely for many years,” said Bob Malte, CEO of Evergreen. “Bringing these specialists into our organization benefits both patients and the cardiology practice itself. This partnership eases the administrative burden medical practices face daily and allows the medical providers focused time to advance cardiology services at Evergreen and provide for more comprehensive, cost effective and integrated patient care.”
Physicians Mark Vossler, William Getchell, and Rachael Wyman have been named medical directors of the Evergreen Cardiology Services program. Mark Magistrale, the chief executive officer at Eastside Cardiology, will be executive director of Evergreen Cardiology Services and Eastside Cardiology Associates.
In addition to general and advanced cardiology procedures such as echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and interventions, Evergreen will continue providing innovative and best practice cardiology services that include a cardiovascular wellness center, rehabilitation and congestive heart failure clinic. Evergreen recently received a 5-star rating for the Treatment of Heart Failure from HeathGrades, a leading independent health care rating firm. Evergreen’s door-to-balloon time, the time it takes for a patient having a heart attack to receive life-saving angioplasty, averages 60 minutes versus the national target of 90 minutes.
Eastside Cardiology was founded in 1978 by Bob Haynes, MD, the first cardiologist to practice at Evergreen. The office is located in a medical building on the Evergreen Hospital campus.