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HRMC's cardiac care center moving forward

By Scott Harvey

Greenville – An agreement has been reached as to who will manage Hunt Regional Healthcare's new cardiovascular services center when it opens next year. The hospital this week finalized negotiations with Baylor's Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital.

"We are elated to announce this important partnership," said Richard Carter, CEO of Hunt Regional Healthcare. "It will be very meaningful for us to be able to draw on the experience of a premier heart center as we build our new program in cardiac care."

Staff from Baylor's heart hospital in Dallas have been involved in designing the 5,000 square foot cardiac care center at HRMC. It will be constructed adjacent to the new ICU in space that was shelled out for that purpose when the West Wing was constructed in 2008.

With floor plans for the new cardiac catheterization laboratory nearing completion, Carter said he anticipates they will soon be submitted to the Texas Department of Health for approval. Shortly thereafter the project will go out for bid, and construction should begin in the fall. It is anticipated that construction will take about 6-9 months.

Carter also reported that two of Dallas' leading groups of cardiology specialists have agreed to provide medical support for the center.

"This is a really important step in the process," said Carter, noting that both Cardiology Consultants of Texas and Cardiology and Interventional Vascular Associates have offered cardiac care at HRMC for several years.

"This is an opportunity for us to have a really positive impact on health in our service area," Carter said. He expects that the significance should be similar to opening the Lou and Jack Finney Cancer Center three years ago.

The announcement was made this week following approval by the hospital district's Board of Directors at its monthly meeting in Greenville.