Adventist Midwest Health, cardiology practice join forces
Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals, Adventist Health Partners and the cardiology practice of Illinois Heart and Vascular announced the formation of an integrated cardiology program, the first of its kind in the Chicagoland area between a cardiology physician practice and multiple hospitals.
This innovative new partnership, named Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute, will enhance the care of patients through an integrated approach to quality, care coordination and the latest in cardiac care technology.
“This dynamic partnership will ensure that the cardiac programs at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals continue to bring excellence in cardiac care to our patients,” said David L. Crane, president and CEO of Adventist Midwest Health and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “Adventist Midwest Health has been very proactive in the development of healthcare partnerships with our medical staff. Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute is a natural addition to Adventist Health Network, a clinically integrated physician hospital organization (PHO) with more than 675 members, and our 130-member Adventist Health Partners physician group practice. These models are the future of health care and we plan to be a market leader in this arena.”
Cardiac patients will experience multiple benefits of the partnership, including additional service locations, a seamless continuum of cardiac care, a relentless focus on quality and access to clinical trials, according to Drs. Jerome Hines and Paul Freier, managing partners of Illinois Heart and Vascular.
“Building on many years of clinical practice excellence, this new relationship will offer an even higher level of patient care to residents of the Chicago area,” said Hines. “Research shows that integrated partnerships align goals, allowing for greater focus on quality metrics and program advances that improve patient care,” said Freier.
“It’s fitting we’re partnering with the hospitals where we currently practice. In 1972, our practice conducted its first cardiac catheterization at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital,” Freier said. “Since then, we and our partner hospitals have continued to pursue clinical and patient excellence. Our most recent achievement is the opening of a very robust electrophysiology program at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.”
“Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute is a best practice example of where federal health care reform will be positioning hospitals and physicians, aligning them together to provide the best care at the most efficient cost,” said Rick Wright, CEO of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.
The agreement, effective Aug. 1, joins the hospitals’ established cardiology programs with the 15-physician cardiology practice. These physicians hold double and triple board certifications in internal medicine, cardiology and cardiology sub-specialty areas and received their fellowship training at some of the nation’s most prestigious academic medical centers, including Harvard, University of Chicago, Northwestern, Loyola, Rush, Stanford, Emory, Vanderbilt, and UCLA. Many of the cardiologists hold teaching appointments at Chicago’s academic medical centers.
The physician practice brings to the partnership its outpatient diagnostic testing location at 11 Salt Creek, Hinsdale, including 64-slice CT scanning, complete cardiac testing services and disease-specific clinics for arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, Coumadin, lipid, vascular and women’s health. The practice also brings access to clinical research trials, where patients will benefit from participation in the areas of peripheral vascular disease, acute coronary syndrome, cholesterol/lipid management and the Carotid Stent Registry. The imaging and cardiac testing services at the practice location are now part of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals provide high quality cardiac services that offer the full continuum of cardiac care, including open heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, 64-slice CT scanning, cardiac testing and rehabilitation. The electrophysiology department is one of the fastest growing programs in the Chicagoland area.
“This partnership will have a tremendous impact on the local community,” said Hines. “We are bringing together strong partners with cardiac expertise and resources that will position Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute as a premier regional cardiology program.”
The governance structure of the partnership provides a high level of focus on quality measures, and gives cardiologists not affiliated with the partnership the opportunity to participate. “Our hospitals already have excellent quality scores and we’re confident that this affiliation will ensure continued excellence long into the future,” Crane said.