All Independent Cardiologists in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley Are Collaborating to Improve Heart Care Through the Salem Health Heart & Vascular Institute

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Salem Health teams with independent heart doctors to find better ways to treat heart failure and other heart and vascular problems. Cascade Cardiology and The Doctors’ Clinic are the newest members of the Salem Health Heart & Vascular Institute.

Logo of the Salem Health Heart and Vascular Institute

Salem Health Heart and Vascular Institute

We are all in support of this effort and see it as a role model for care delivery in other specialties and in other communities as well.

The Salem Health Heart & Vascular Institute is pleased to announce that Cascade Cardiology and The Doctors’ Clinic have joined the Institute.

“With the addition of Cascade Cardiology, all the independent cardiac groups in Salem are part of the Institute and working together to identify ways to improve care for the people in our community,” said Lori James-Nielsen, cardiac services director at Salem Health.

“We believe that the Salem Health Heart & Vascular Institute is a unique example of a successful model of close collaboration between a major hospital and independent physicians in the community,” said Dr. Maziar Azadpour, a cardiologist with Cascade Cardiology. “We are all in support of this effort and see it as a role model for care delivery in other specialties and in other communities as well.”

“We’ve already developed one of the top heart and vascular programs in the state,” said Cheryl Nester Wolfe, RN, chief operating officer for Salem Health. “Collaborating within the Salem Health Heart & Vascular Institute means these specialists have the data they need to leverage their combined expertise. We don’t just want to meet a standard — we are setting the standard, regionally and nationally.”

The Salem Health Heart & Vascular Institute, a groundbreaking collaboration which began in late 2011, was designed to further enhance heart and vascular treatment. The Institute’s cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons and primary-care physicians work with Salem Hospital staff to collect and evaluate data, and to accelerate care delivery improvements based on their findings.

Cascade Cardiology and The Doctors’ Clinic join five other medical groups in the Institute. Those include Salem CardioVascular Associates, Salem Clinic, Salem Heart Center, The Oregon Clinic and Willamette Vascular Specialists.

The Doctors’ Clinic is joining as an associate member and will bring a needed focus to community-based care. “The Doctors’ Clinic will focus on transition of care for people with heart failure,” said James-Nielsen. “We all recognize that heart care happens beyond the walls of the hospital and for many patients with heart failure, having appropriate care in the community, and avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations, is the goal.”

Salem Hospital has the second-largest open-heart surgery program in Oregon and is among the top participants in a national clinical trial for carotid stenting, which increases blood flow in an artery to the brain.

Successful efforts of the Institute so far include improving patient satisfaction and consistently beating the national standard of 90 minutes from the time a patient enters the emergency department to the time he or she is receiving a cardiac stent. Among other projects, the Institute is now working on a plan to reduce the time to cardiac stent down to 60 minutes.

Salem Health is comprised of Salem Hospital, West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley. Visit us at salemhealth.org and facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.

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