St. Joseph’s Health Cardiovascular Institute opens in Rome


St. Joseph’s Health Cardiovascular Institute has opened an office in Rome Memorial Hospital, hospital officials have announced.

The practice will be staffed by seven St. Joseph’s Physicians Cardiologists, including:

Dr. Russell Silverman, medical cardiologist and director of St. Joseph’s Physicians Cardiology

Dr. Nishith Amin, Interventional Cardiologist

Dr. Michael Fischi, interventional cardiologist

Dr. Paul Hanna, medical cardiologist

Dr. Gangadhara Kabbli, medical cardiologist

Dr. Barbara Kircher, medical cardiologist

Dr. Alan Simons, interventional cardiologist

St. Joseph’s Health is leasing office space in the Dorothy G. Griffin Cardiovascular Center at the hospital and plans to expand coverage there over coming months. Patients will have access to Rome Memorial Hospital’s state-of-the-art diagnostic cardiac testing, including nuclear cardiology studies, CT angiograms, exercise stress tests, electrocardiograms (EKGs), echocardiograms, Holter cardiac monitoring and vascular ultrasound.

“When we affiliated with St. Joseph’s Health, it was with the primary goal of expanding patient accessto needed services in the community,” said RMH president and CEO David Lundquist.

“The statistic related to the impact of heart disease are staggering and the needs for cardiac care increase every year. Providing quality cardiovascular care in our community is a critical component to providing patients with high-quality, patient-centered care that is coordinated and easily accessible.”

“Delivering high quality care in home communities is best for the patient, and we are bringing expertise from one of the top 15 cardiac care hospitals in the nation directly to patients in Rome,” said Dr. Joseph Spinale, chief medical fficer at St. Joseph’s Health.

“When open heart surgery or tertiary care is needed, patients from Rome will have a direct conncetion to the leading heart hospital in the region.”


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