Memorial has joined with one of the area’s most well known centers for cardiovascular care – The Heart Institute of East Texas.
The two entities are coming together to create the Memorial Cardiovascular Clinical Institute. Composed of the cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeon from Memorial Clinics and the cardiologists from The Heart Institute of East Texas, this Institute is designed to enhance the cardiovascular care Memorial provides to the people of deep East Texas.
Through the Clinical Institute, the physicians and Memorial leadership will co-manage the coordination and planning for Memorial’s cardiovascular service line. The ultimate goal is to enhance clinical outcomes and operating efficiencies of cardiovascular services provided by Memorial. Each year objectives will be set for clinical and operational improvements, along with plans for expanding the delivery of those services throughout the multiple counties served by Memorial and the Heart Institute.
“Quality cardiovascular care is essential in Angelina County and the surrounding area,” Memorial CEO Gary Looper said. “Our local population ranks high in the prevalence of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and smoking compared to the rest of the state of Texas. Our goal is to create a regionally acclaimed Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence with a true integration of cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons as the foundation in order to better serve our neighbors.”
One of the Heart Institute’s founders, Ravinder R. Bachireddy, MD, FACC, who is also the Chief of Cardiology at Memorial, says the Clinical Institute will have a substantial role in shaping the future of health care delivery in East Texas. “We have the opportunity to become the regional medical center and a center of excellence for cardiovascular services,” says Dr. Bachireddy.
The physicians at The Heart Institute are pioneers in cardiovascular care for Lufkin and the surrounding communities. Dr. Bachireddy and Dr. J.S. Chandra were instrumental in establishing the cardiovascular programs at both Memorial and Woodland Heights Medical Center by performing the first PTCA (Coronary Angioplasty), Coronary Arthrectomy, Coronary Rotoblater, and Defibrillator. The Heart Institute also performed the first stent placement in the entire region. Dr. Bachireddy and his colleagues have together built a state-of-the-art high quality cardiovascular program for Lufkin and the surrounding communities and look forward to a partnership with Memorial that will ensure continued growth and advancement in cardiology care for the region.
The Heart Institute will also play an important role in achieving the goals of the East Texas Heart & Vascular Initiative. The three-year initiative was funded by a $3.8 million grant from the TLL Temple Foundation in partnership with The Methodist Hospital in Houston. The initiative advances physician and nursing skills and knowledge of cardiovascular care. Additionally, it establishes a community-wide heart and vascular disease education program.
“The Heart and Vascular Initiative continues to make great strides in educating the community and the Memorial medical and clinical staffs on the dangers and treatment of heart and vascular disease. We look forward to working with Memorial, The Methodist Hospital and the T.L.L. Temple Foundation to improve the health of our area,” said Musa Khan, M.D., Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Initiative.
The Heart Institute of East Texas
Specializing in all aspects of invasive, interventional, and noninvasive cardiovascular procedures, The Heart Institute is the “Premier Cardiology Practice” in East Texas, with more than 30 years of responsive and compassionate diagnostic and heart and vascular services. Physicians hold board certifications in internal medicine, cardiology, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, echo cardiology, nuclear cardiology and electrophysiology. The Heart Institute’s founder, Ravinder Bachireddy, M.D., along with his fellow cardiologists, J.S. Chandra, M.D., Venkata Kovvali, M.D., Kevin Hudson, D.O., Mohammed (Musa) Khan, M.D., Kuruvilla (Mani) Cheriparambil, M.D., Christopher Gill, M.D., Adnan Siddiqui, M.D., Rohit Kedia, M.D., Hamid Roodneshin, M.D., have been instrumental in making Lufkin a regional center for cardiovascular care. Heart Institute physicians have been named top physicians in their specialty by Texas Monthly magazine and voted Best Cardiologists in Lufkin several consecutive years by readers of the Lufkin Daily News. One of the physicians of The Heart Institute was named the Healthcare Professional of the year in 2008 by the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce and KTRE-TV awarded one of the cardiologists of The Heart Institute the platinum award for favorite cardiologist in Lufkin and the surrounding communities.
Two long-time Lufkin cardiologists, Dr. Steven Feld and Dr. Robert Hallet, joined the Memorial Clinics in 2012, as did Dr. David Ladden, board certified cardiovascular/ thoracic surgeon. They were recently joined by cardiologist Dr. Thomas Reinsvold, and are expected to play an integral part in the new Clinical Institute. The three cardiologists hold board certifications in cardiology, cardiovascular disease, internal medicine and interventional cardiology. As featured in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Interventions, Dr. Feld is noted as a pioneer in cardiology services for many “firsts” including radial artery catheterizations performed from the left wrist.
About Memorial Health System of East Texas
As the largest health care system in the deep East Texas area, Memorial Health System of East Texas is a private, not-for-profit hospital that provides more than a quarter of a million patient services each year. Since its inception in 1949, Memorial Health System has paved the way for quality, innovative health care in East Texas. In fact, Memorial consistently ranks among the nations best for exceptional health care and patient satisfaction.
Memorial Health System of East Texas is comprised of four hospitals—Memorial Medical Center—Lufkin, Memorial Medical Center—Livingston, Memorial Medical Center—San Augustine, and Memorial Specialty Hospital, the only rural long-term acute care facility within the area. Recently, the System opened the doors to the area’s first dedicated heart and stroke care center—the Cardiovascular & Stroke Center of East Texas. Through a partnership with The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Memorial now is Lufkin’s only Joint Commission certified primary stroke care facility. Additionally, Memorial is a regional cardiovascular care center and offers the latest in heart care from a highly trained team of heart surgeons and cardiologists. Memorial offers a wide array of services, including the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center, which consistently earns a three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer. The hospital also is known for providing the area’s only comprehensive diabetes, heart and stroke center—the H.C. Polk Education Center. Other centers of excellence include the Temple Imaging Center that offers some of the most advanced procedures in the area, including PET/CT scanning for cancer and Alzheimer’s, 64 Slice CT scanning, Open Bore MRI, 4D Ultrasound, and digital mammography. In Livingston, the imaging center offers the areas first 128 Slice CT Scan. Other specialty areas include Orthopedic care, Women’s Services, Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation, Homecare, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Kidney & Diabetes Treatment, Sleep Disorders Treatment and Express Lab. Memorial Health System of East Texas—founded and funded by the people it serves.