Raleigh Cardiology Associates Joins WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Wake County’s First Cardiology Practice Officially Integrates with Region’s Volume-Leading Heart Center
RALEIGH, N.C. (September 1, 2010) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals is pleased to announce that Raleigh Cardiology Associates (RCA) and WakeMed have signed an agreement that brings RCA together as part of WakeMed’s hospital-based physician practice, known as WakeMed Faculty Physicians. This agreement, which becomes effective October 1, aligns RCA even more closely with WakeMed’s Heart & Vascular program.
“Raleigh Cardiology Associates is proud to establish a formal partnership with WakeMed,” explains Dr. Charles Mangano, president, Raleigh Cardiology Associates. “After a long history of working closely together to provide outstanding cardiovascular services to the region, this official partnership will allow us to take our practice and WakeMed’s Heart & Vascular program to a new level – bringing great opportunity for new programs, services and quality initiatives for the benefit of all cardiovascular patients.”
As one of Wake County’s first cardiology practices formed in 1979, Raleigh Cardiology Associates has played an integral role in the development, growth and expansion of WakeMed’s Heart & Vascular program over the past 31 years. In fact, RCA’s very own Dr. Amarendra Reddy performed the first cardiac catheterization in Wake County at WakeMed in 1976.
“WakeMed is so pleased to welcome the providers and staff of Raleigh Cardiology to our growing physician practices division,” explains Dr. Susan Weaver, senior vice president of WakeMed Physician Practices. “Cardiovascular services play such a vital role in the WakeMed system that we are thrilled to have the opportunity to integrate RCA with our staff. Under this agreement, RCA will continue to offer its patients a full range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services.”
Raleigh Cardiology Associates will continue to operate from its existing office on the WakeMed Raleigh Campus, and all existing phone numbers, contact information and scheduling procedures will remain unchanged for patients and referring physicians.
This partnership follows a national trend as a growing number of physicians across the country are turning to hospitals to discuss new relationships and employment models. Dr. Weaver continues, “During this unpredictable era of health care reform, WakeMed recognizes the importance of partnering with quality physician practices such as Raleigh Cardiology Associates. Our patients value the additional services our growing physician practices can provide, and we look forward to responding to those needs by partnering with additional groups that can provide similar services in the best interest of our community.”
About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals, one of the first hospital systems in the country, is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston counties, including: a Level I Trauma Center and tertiary referral hospital and rehabilitation hospital in Raleigh, a community hospital in Cary, comprehensive outpatient centers and freestanding emergency departments in North Raleigh and Apex, seven outpatient rehabilitation sites, two skilled-nursing and outpatient facilities, a 100+-physician multispecialty practice, and home health services. The system includes accredited Chest Pain Centers and Joint Commission-certified Stroke Centers. WakeMed also provides management services for Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, NC. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopaedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, including but not limited to nurses, technologists and medical support staff, 1000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies and facilities to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.
About Raleigh Cardiology
As one of Wake County’s first cardiology practices, Raleigh Cardiology Associates was formed in 1979. With eight highly-trained cardiologists, RCA provides a wide range of diagnostic, invasive and interventional cardiovascular services to patients from throughout the region. RCA providers are board-certified in a wide range of specialties, including general cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and vascular ultrasound. They also have experts in device implantation and peripheral vascular intervention. For more information, visit www.raleighcardio.com.