Rome, GA February 14, 2014 — Redmond Regional Medical Center performed their 100,000th Heart Catheterization today, perhaps fittingly, on Valentine’s Day. On February 14, 2014, Mrs. Carollee Collins, retired RN, received the honor of having the 100,000th Heart Catheterization performed at Redmond Regional Medical Center. Dr. Mike Ware, Harbin Clinic Cardiologist, was the physician who performed the landmark heart catheterization. “I was so surprised to be the 100,000th heart cath - it’s wonderful!” said Carollee Collins, “I love this hospital and the people here; I get excellent care. AND I had my heart fixed on Valentine’s Day.”
Redmond began operation and a rich history of service in 1972. Dr. Raymond A. Young with the Harbin Clinic began the cardiac program, performing the most current non-invasive diagnostic cardiac testing available at that time. Dr. Scott MacLeod, also with the Harbin Clinic arrived in 1974, and the two Cardiologists set out to design and build the first Cardiac Catheterization Lab in Rome at Redmond.
The first diagnostic cardiac cath was performed on April 1, 1975 by Dr’s Young and MacLeod. What has followed is a 40+ year history of program growth and excellence. By 1986, with the arrival of Dr. Daniel Goldfaden, Harbin Clinic Cardiothoracic surgeon, Redmond once again expanded services to add coronary intervention and cardiothoracic surgery. At that time, no intervention could be performed without an Operating Room standing by. Today, about 4,500 coronary cath and interventions are performed each year at Redmond, approximately 15 percent of which are acute heart attacks.
Along with the on-call Cardiologist, Redmond’s Cath Lab staff is available 24/7 to provide emergency care for cardiac patients. The RNs and Special Procedures Technicians of Redmond’s Cath Lab Team have a combined total of over 200 years of Cath Lab experience. “I could not be more proud of our entire Cath Lab Team” said John Quinlivan, Redmond Chief Executive Officer. “Their service and dedication to each and every patient is unparalleled. This event is a celebration of their experience and expertise.”
Redmond’s cardiac program has been recognized for exceptional heart care by The Joint Commission and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. These accrediting bodies designate excellence based on evaluation of hospital processes, outcomes, as well as patient and staff education. “It is our dedication to quality patient care and teamwork that has enabled us to be successful”, says Marsha Colwell, VP of Cardiovascular Services. “We have always pushed ourselves to exceed national quality goals. We will continue to do that,” explains Colwell.
Redmond is the only full-service heart hospital between Chattanooga and metro Atlanta. “If you look around the country, ours is an area of very high penetration for coronary artery disease,” explains Frank Stegall, MD, Harbin Clinic Cardiologist. “It is very logical that we would have a very active program here.” A 35-year veteran Cardiologist of the Harbin Clinic, Dr. Stegall is hopeful and proud of his younger partners in his group. “They are giving fresh, quality care here that mimics what you could get in a much bigger, metropolitan area. We work hard to keep our standards very high.”
Redmond Regional Medical Center is a 230 bed facility, serving as a referral source for all of northwest Georgia and parts of Alabama. Including its healthcare partners, Redmond has over 245 physicians with more than 30 specialties and a support staff of approximately 1,300 associates.
Making excellent medical care convenient and available is Redmond’s first priority. With outstanding medical care and attention available 24/7, the hospital offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient programs, many of which are unique to the northwest Georgia region. Redmond offers a full service cardiology product line and is nationally recognized as a top cardiac care center. Other areas of excellence include emergency care, orthopedics, vascular care, an inpatient rehabilitation unit and more. For additional information on Redmond Regional Medical Center, visit the Redmond website at www.redmondregional.com.