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World Renowned Interventional Cardiologist Visits Baton Rouge General’s State-of-the-Art Heart and V

17-Jan-2013 BATON ROUGE – World renowned interventional cardiologist and inventor Dr. John Simpson visited Baton Rouge General to tour the hospital’s state-of-the-art heart and vascular facilities. Inventor of the over-the-wire balloon angioplasty catheter, a percutaneous closure device and the SilverHawk Plaque Excision System, Dr. Simpson observed the hospital’s newly expanded surgical suites, equipped with minimally invasive hybrid operating capabilities. 

During his visit, Dr. Simpson met with the hospital’s heart and vascular specialists to learn about recent advancements in Baton Rouge General’s program. Proctoring a series of specialized procedures, Dr. Simpson was also on hand to observe local vascular surgeons performing the region’s first endovascular hybrid room procedure using the Ocelot catheter, a revolutionary new catheter device for minimally-invasive procedures to help treat completely blocked arteries invented by Dr. Simpson. Compared to traditional surgery space, the General’s hybrid room uniquely allows for the simultaneous IT integration of sophisticated diagnostic technologies, precise imaging capabilities and multiple surgical therapies – with the goal of maximizing treatment options for cardiac and vascular procedures.

Remarking on his experience, Simpson said, “Baton Rouge General’s comprehensive cardiac and vascular services and facilities are truly impressive. They are, by far, the best I’ve seen – beautifully designed surgical space and innovative technology combined with top-notch physician expertise to offer patients the most advanced, comprehensive heart and vascular care in the area.” Baton Rouge General’s multispecialty physician-led efforts to develop these facilities incorporated Lean Six Sigma principles and standards for the design and flow of clinical care and patient support services.

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In addition to the growth of its comprehensive services and facilities, the General’s cardiac and vascular program recently welcomed leading heart, vascular and cardiothoracic physician offices, Baton Rouge Cardiology Center and CVT Surgical Center, to its Bluebonnet campus.  In addition, Vascular Specialty Center and Baton Rouge General Physicians Lipid Center recently relocated their existing Bluebonnet campus offices to the new tower. 

“Our new heart and vascular tower, recent surgical expansion and technology enhancements reflect Baton Rouge General’s and its medical staff’s commitment to providing our community with the most comprehensive, high quality heart and vascular care,” said Dr. Floyd Roberts, Chief Medical Officer, Baton Rouge General.

Baton Rouge General and its new heart and vascular tower bring together comprehensive cardiac and vascular services all under one roof. Nationally recognized for excellence in heart and vascular care as Baton Rouge’s only Joint Commission “Top-Performer” Hospital for Heart Attack and Heart Failure – Baton Rouge General’s expert teams offer leading edge treatment, technology and services:
  • Full spectrum of multidisciplinary diabetes, lipid, cardiac, vascular and cardio thoracic experts and specialists
  • State-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Technology
    - Cardiovascular Ultrasound
    - Vascular Ultrasound
    - Stress Testing and Nuclear Medicine
  • Advanced Heart Catheterization Labs
  • Dedicated Heart Operating Rooms
  • Expanded Surgical Space including Hybrid Operating Suite for Minimally Invasive Interventions
  • 24 Hour Emergency Room with Specialized Training for Senior Care
  • Comprehensive Stroke Services   
  • Fully Monitored Intensive Care and Telemetry Units
  • Cardiovascular Recovery Area    
  • Inpatient & Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs
  • Limbs for Life Program      
  • Screenings and Early Detection
  • Baton Rouge General Fit! Wellness Pilot     
  • Prevention Programs, including Smoking Cessation Courses
Baton Rouge General’s Womack Heart Center and its new heart and vascular tower medical staff is comprised of the following specialists:


Cardiology
  • Iqbal Ahmad, M.D.                   
  • Darrin Breaux, M.D.
  • Michael R. Brumund, M.D.        
  • Joseph Cefalu, M.D.    
  • Kenneth Civello, M.D.   
  • Harold Clausen, M.D.   
  • Michael Crapanzano, M.D.
  • Norman Joseph Deumite, M.D. 
  • Daniel Fontenot, M.D.
  • Venkata Satish Gadi, M.D.                    
  • Paul Garrett, M.D.        
  • Garland Green, M.D.     
  • Steven Gremillion, M.D.            
  • Bryan Hathorn, M.D.     
  • Boyd Helm, M.D.         
  • Harold Helmke, III, M.D.
  • Rufus L. Hixon, III, M.D.
  • Jay Hollman, M.D.        
  • Jeffrey Hyde, M.D.       
  • Steven Kelley, M.D.      
  • Bahij Khuri, M.D.                      
  • Kevin Kilpatrick, M.D.   
  • Leon Kraft, M.D.          
  • Lance Lamotte, M.D.    
  • Carl Luikart, M.D.          
  • John McClelland, M.D.
  • John McLachlan, Jr., M.D.        
  • Jeffrey Moonan, M.D.
  • Yunus Moosa, M.D.     
  • Denzil Moraes, M.D.
  • Nakia Newsome, M.D.
  • Amit Patel, M.D.
  • Cordel Parris, M.D.       
  • Henry Patrick, M.D.      
  • Fred Petty, M.D.          
  • Andrew Rees, M.D.      
  • Evens Rodney, M.D.    
  • Marius Sharon, M.D.     
  • Charles Smith, M.D.     
  • Venkat Surakanti, M.D.
  • Brian Swirsky, M.D.
  • Narayanan Karayil Thekkoott, M.D.        
  • Charles Thompson, M.D.          
  • Terry Zellmer, M.D.       


Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery
  • William Boedefeld, II, M.D.       
  • Walter Bringaze, III, M.D.           
  • David Depp, M.D.
  • Azeem Khan, M.D.       
  • C. Swazye Rigby, M.D.
  • Carlton Sheely, II, M.D.
  • R. Thurston, M.D. 

Vascular Surgery
  • Michael Conners, III, M.D.         
  • James Craven, IV, M.D.            
  • Gregory Crenshaw, M.D.           
  • Paul Davis, Jr., M.D.    
  • Joseph Griffin, M.D.     
  • London Guidry, M.D.    
  • James McNeil, M.D.     
  • Andrew Olinde, M.D.    
  • Paul Perkowski, M.D.
  • Jon Schellack, M.D.     
  • Glen Schwartzberg, M.D.                      
  • Victor Tran, M.D.           


About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 544 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. 

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit www.BRGeneral.org. 

About Baton Rouge General’s New Heart and Vascular Tower
Baton Rouge General and its new heart and vascular tower incorporates comprehensive cardiac and vascular services and specialists and provides care for people throughout our nine-parish metropolitan community.  In 2007, Baton Rouge General dedicated its cardiology program to the late Milton J. Womack, Sr., a community leader, philanthropist and founder of Milton J. Womack, Inc. commercial contracting company. Womack suffered from heart disease, and in honor of her husband, Margaret Womack vowed to be an active part in ensuring that the Baton Rouge community have access to the highest caliber of heart care services. Baton Rouge General’s Womack Heart Center and its new heart and vascular tower offers comprehensive specialists, programs and services, and state-of-the-art technology and treatments all under one roof:

Full spectrum of multidisciplinary diabetes, lipid, cardiac, vascular and cardio thoracic experts and specialists
  • State-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Technology
    - Cardiovascular Ultrasound
    - Vascular Ultrasound
    - Stress Testing and Nuclear Medicine
  • Advanced Heart Catheterization Labs
  • Dedicated Heart Operating Rooms
  • Expanded Surgical Space including Hybrid Operating Suite for Minimally Invasive Interventions
  • 24 Hour Emergency Room with Specialized Training for Senior Care
  • Comprehensive Stroke Services
  • Fully Monitored Intensive Care and Telemetry Units
  • Cardiovascular Recovery Area
  • Inpatient & Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs
  • Limbs for Life Program
  • Screenings and Early Detection
  • Baton Rouge General Fit! Wellness Pilot
  • Prevention Programs, including Smoking Cessation Courses
For more information, visit www.BRGeneral.org.
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