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Mother Frances and Tyler CVC announce affiliation

Released by John Moore with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics:

TYLER, TX - Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States, more than cancer or any other disease.  The incidence of cardiovascular disease in east Texas is higher than in other parts of Texas.  Officials with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and the physicians of Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants, P.A. (CVC) announced a cardiac affiliation between the two institutions that they say would improve heart care in the region.

Officials with the organizations say the new entity will streamline heart care for patients and bring together the two organizations that were instrumental in bringing cardiac programs to the area in 1983.

As part of the affiliation, the organizations have formed a new management firm, Cardiac Imaging Management Specialists, LLC  (CIMS) that will provide oversight and management of cardiovascular diagnostic services including nuclear testing, echocardiography, positron emission tomography (PET) and other cardiac diagnostics.  CIMS will begin providing cardiovascular diagnostic services December 1, 2009 at Mother Frances Hospitals in Tyler and Jacksonville, Trinity Mother Frances-Athens, Trinity Mother Frances-Canton, andTyler Cardiovascular Consultants, 619 S. Fleishel, Tyler.  Additional outpatient facilities, including Trinity Clinic Douglas in Tyler will offer the diagnostic services beginning February 15, 2010, with more Trinity Mother Frances sites to follow later in the year.  Policies, procedures, and protocols will be standardized and national accreditation sought under the leadership of Dr. David Hector as Medical Director.

Roderick B. Meese, MD, serves as associate chief of cardiology and medical director of the catheterization lab at Mother Frances.

"We are excited to announce a new affiliation with Trinity Mother Frances," said recently named Trinity Mother Frances Chief of Cardiology, C. Fagg Sanford III, MD, FACC.  Dr. Sanford is a physician with CVC and Tyler's first cardiologist.  "The mission of this affiliation is to provide high-quality preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic cardiovascular services in order to promote cardiovascular health for our patients.  This arrangement will establish joint operational oversight of non- invasive cardiovascular diagnostics in Tyler that we feel will provide a higher level of service and quality to our patients."

"When I came to Mother Frances Hospital in 1981, I recognized the need for heart care in Tyler," said Lindsey Bradley, FACHE, president, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.  "Working with Dr.

Sanford, we were able to build the region's first comprehensive cardiac program.  The first heart bypass operation in Tyler was performed at Mother Frances in 1983.  Since that time, the physicians of CVC and Trinity Mother Frances have worked in a collaborative way that has served patients well.  This collaboration formalizes and builds on a relationship that has been in place for over 25 years.  We are very pleased that Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants will enhance care for our patients."

"The long history that Trinity Clinic and CVC have shared has included many years of physician collaboration," said David K. Teegarden, M.D.

President and Chief Medical Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.  "This collaboration is now going to the next level and will provide people in our region faster access and more comprehensive cardiac care.  Trinity Clinic and CVC are committed to high quality cardiovascular care focusing on early identification and coordinated management of people with heart disease."

"It is very gratifying to see how far heart care has advanced in Tyler," said Ray Thompson, FACHE, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics; Chief Executive Officer, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler.  "Trinity Mother Frances has worked closely with CVC since the beginning of cardiac care in this area in the early '80s.  I look forward to expanding this team approach to better serve patients throughout the region."

Under the new joint venture, patients will remain under the care of their CVC cardiologist.

About CVC:

For over 25 years, the physicians of Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants have been the leaders in bringing quality cardiac care to the people of east Texas.  CVC offered the first positron emission tomography (PET), a nuclear medicine imaging technique, which produces an image or picture of functional processes of the heart.  Recognized nationally for cardiology research and treatment, the 13 physicians and 11 mid-level providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants) of CVC represent the largest cardiology clinic in the region.  For additional information about Tyler CVC clinic and providers, visit

CVC was the first in east Texas to offer a robust interventional program, including the area's first coronary stenting and carotid stenting procedures and first patent foramen ovale (PFO) procedure, which treats congenital holes in the heart.  CVC is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL) (Nuclear Laboratory & PET Imaging) and the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).


Robert J. Carney, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C.; Brent O. Davis, M.D., F.A.C.C.; David M. Dick, M.D., F.A.C.C.; David A. Hector, II, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., F.A.A.C.; J. Daniel Jackman, M.D., F.A.C.C.; Kenneth B. Kummerfeld, M.D., F.A.C.C.; Roderick B. Meese, M.D., F.A.C.C.; Frank I. Navetta, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.; C. Fagg Sanford, III, M.D., F.A.C.C.; John B. Sims, M.D., F.A.C.C.; Robert W.

Smith, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.C.; Thaddeus R. Tolleson, M.D., F.A.C.C.; Stan Weiner, M.D., F.A.C.C.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS & NURSE PRACTITIONERS D. Roger Becker, FNP-C; Stephanie Carter, PA-C; Lindy Dolan, PA-C; Jean Harris, FNP-C; Teresa Griffin, FNP-C; Jason Layne, PA-C; David M.

McCaskill, FNP-C, ACNP; Francisco Rivera, FNP-C, ACNP; Tom Scholler, PA-C; Ted Williams, PA-C; Paige Yount, FNP-C.

About Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute

Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute is the leading provider of heart care in east Texas.  More heart procedures are performed at Mother Frances Hospital than in any other east Texas facility. In addition, Trinity Mother Frances Cardiology Services can claim many notable achievements:

  • More than 638,000 cardiac procedures
  • More than 13,000 open-heart surgeries
  • More than 60,000 cardiac catheterizations
  • More than 16,000 interventional cardiac stents
  • Nearly 12,000 pacemaker/electrophysiology procedures
  • More than 200 robotic heart surgeries
  • First Intensive Care Unit in east Texas First in the region to perform permanent pacemaker implantation First open-heart surgery suite in east Texas First comprehensive Heart Institute in the region One of the first in the U.S. to introduce clot-busting drugs First in east Texas with advanced lipid testing First in the U.S. with total EKG networking capabilities First in east Texas with accredited Chest Pain Center First magnetic assisted complex interventional cardiac procedure in the world was performed in the TMF Heart Institute First robotic heart bypass surgery in east Texas performed at TMF Heart Institute First institution in east Texas with da Vinci, the world's most advanced surgical robotic system First in east Texas to implement CODE STEMI protocol for rapid assessment and treatment of heart attack victims with ST-elevation myocardial infarction First in east Texas to perform minimally invasive mitral valve repair

This impressive list of 'firsts' is due to several factors:  commitment to providing state-of-the-art technology for cardiovascular services, the dedicated and highly-skilled cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons practicing at the Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute, and the development of outstanding facilities that bring these two elements together to best serve the needs of heart patients in the region.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics:

From primary care providers to specialists in heart disease, Trinity Clinic physicians are dedicated to your wellbeing. The area's preferred multispecialty physician group, Trinity Clinic serves the region with over 250 providers representing 37 specialties.  Combined with the advanced technology and facilities at Mother Frances Hospital, Trinity Clinic physicians are committed to high quality, compassionate care.

Since 1983, we have led the way in east Texas for cardiac care, earning national recognition and our patients' trust as we've performed more than 638,000 cardiac procedures, including catheterizations, open heart surgeries, robotic heart surgeries, interventional cardiac stents, and pacemaker and electrophysiology procedures.

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