Heart center partners with south coast medical centers

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- Officials announced on Tuesday a new partnership between south coast medical centers and a Eugene hospital, that will bring new heart health services to the area.

Bay Area Hospital, North Bend Medical Center (NBMC), Bay Clinic and the Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute (OHVI) at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center have announced plans to collaborate in the development and support of a Coos Bay/North Bend-based interventional cardiology program, Bay Area Cardiology Network, to serve the Southern Oregon Coast.

Officials say the program will involve a clinical cardiology practice based at NBMC and also at Bay Clinic, hospital-based and interventional services at Bay Area Hospital, electrophysiology, a cardiac catheterization lab and development of a comprehensive cardiac care program.

Cardiologist Dr. Satyendra Giri will lead the team in the new cardiac catheterization lab starting this spring.

Officials say many south coast residents must travel outside the area to obtain the vital heart-related services they need.

They say the new partnership will help more people stay local for care.

Dr. Giri will begin seeing patients on May 1, 2013.