TYLER, TX – Two of the most well-respected and experienced medical organizations in East Texas have joined forces to create an unrivaled partnership for heart patients in the state.
Cardiovascular Associates of East Texas (CAET) and the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital (LPOHH) have signed an affiliation agreement to provide improved access to physicians for patients throughout the region.
"By partnering with Cardiovascular Associates of East Texas, Trinity Mother Frances and the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital are demonstrating our continual commitment to provide East Texas with the very highest levels of care," said Dr. Steve Keuer, President and Chief Medical Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. "We take great pride in the quality of care we provide, and we are confident this affiliation will improve upon both organizations' already high standards."
"We're very proud to be bringing back together the two real pioneers of cardiovascular care in East Texas," said Lindsey Bradley, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics."Dr. Sanford and Dr. Israel really are the godfathers of cardiology in East Texas, and the affiliation between them and our organizations is a truly historical step into the future for heart patients."
"By combining the efforts and skills of these two excellent organizations, patients throughout the East Texas region will have improved access to the highest levels of cardiac care available," said Ray Thompson, FACHE, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and
Clinics. "We will be bringing specialists to clinics throughout the region on a regular basis, offering patients access they've never had before."
The agreement maintains that each entity remain independent of one another but affiliate to combine services to offer to bring heart care to East Texans through outreach clinics spread throughout smaller, rural locations – in places like Gun Barrel City, Pittsburgh and beyond. Additionally, CAET patients will benefit from a streamlined process for admitting and services from Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, partially through the implementation and coordination of the TMFHC electronic health record, ConnectCARE, in the CAET offices and clinics, which will further enhance the convenience of patients of both organizations.
"Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and the LPOHH have garnered multiple awards for the quality of their care, from being named one of the Truven Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the country to our continued high marks from the Society for Thoracic Surgery," said John McGreevy, Chief Executive Officer, Mother Frances Hospital Tyler and the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital. "However, by forming this partnership we are demonstrating the resolve to push forward. Both the LPOHH and CAET are well-respected medical institutions, and neither of us are content to simply rest on our laurels. We want to ensure heart care in East Texas gets even better."
The affiliation will bring together more than 20 cardiologists to spread throughout East Texas offering the best possible care. Imaging services at the CAET location in Tyler will be provided by Mother Frances Hospital. TMFHC patients will also now have access to the Vein Center and Weight Loss Center at CAET. At its heart, the goal of the affiliation is to combine unrivaled experience, leading edge technology and improved access to better serve all the heart patients of East Texas with award-winning levels of care.
"We are bringing together two groups with a lot of compassion, knowledge and skills that we are able to give to our patients," said Dr. Noah Israel, founding partner of CAET. "I look at this as putting together a dream team. You have the skills, compassion and long-term experience of two groups offering the care the patients need, with state-of-the-art technology."
"These two groups will be joining together under the umbrella of a fabulous organization – the organization that started cardiovascular care in East Texas," said Dr. C. Fagg Sanford, Chief of Cardiology at the LPOHH. "Together, we will continue to lead the way in cardiovascular care – not just in East Texas, but in the Nation – with benchmarks that are among the very best in this country."
"This is about collaborating with a focus on the patient first," said Dr. Sanford. "That's what it's all about."