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Kent Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Announce Clinical Affiliation
01/15/2013

A major expansion of cardiology services was announced today at the Warwick-based, Kent Hospital through an agreement with Brigham and Women's Hospital of Boston, who, for nearly a century, have been providing the most innovative and comprehensive care for patients with complex cardiovascular illness. The announcement was made by Care New England COO and Kent Hospital President & CEO Sandra L. Coletta.

Brigham & Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Kent Hospital

"It is clear there is a demand for the best possible cardiac care in a local, convenient setting that emphasizes a compassionate, caring approach," said Coletta. "Thanks to our clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women's Hospital, today we are pleased to provide our patients and the state with a team of cardiologists who are considered to be among the best in the region. They are available to meet a full array of cardiac needs from the most basic to the most complex. This announcement and the new level of cardiac care now offered to Rhode Islanders clearly will redefine the cardiac care landscape here in the state and throughout the region."

"Brigham and Women's Hospital is proud to partner with Kent Hospital to provide cardiology services. We have a long tradition of working with community hospitals to provide state-of-the-art care locally. We believe this collaboration provides patients with the best care close to home, with the option for patients to come to BWH for highly complex care if needed," said Allen Smith, MD, president, Brigham and Women's Physicians Organization.

"It is an incredibly exciting time for the field of medicine and the practice of cardiology," said Chester M. Hedgepeth III, MD, PhD, Kent Hospital executive chief of cardiology and director of Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Kent.

"While we are faced with challenges in managing more and more complex patients we are also pushing to improve the quality and value of care for patients. The clinical affiliation between Kent and Brigham and Women's Hospital will align the cardiology resources of the hospital with its own cardiology practice to achieve these goals and to create a regional center of excellence in cardiology."

Services

From outpatient consultation, care in our congestive heart failure clinic, to counseling for heart transplantation, Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Kent Hospital is structured to serve patients every step of the way from diagnosis to treatment. With specialists who represent a broad spectrum of cardiac services, the personalized approach to patient care will always be a priority from a clinical team of energetic, cutting-edge physicians who emphasize the latest in technology and treatment.

This range of services available at Kent Hospital includes:

-testing and evaluation

-advance cardiac care nursing support

-specialized cardiac in-patient units

-cardiac catheterization (in a state-of the-art cardiac cath lab)

-pacemakers

-arrhythmia services including electrophysiology studies and ablation.

-advanced imaging modalities

-heart failure management team

Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Kent Hospital – A Board Certified Team of Cardiology Experts:

Chester Hedgepeth, MD, PhD, serves as executive chief of cardiology at Kent Hospital. He has a special interest in the management of cardiac arrhythmias and congestive heart failure.Dr. Hedgepeth is a member of the cardiovascular division and arrhythmia service at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Heather Hurlburt, MD, is the director of non-invasive imaging at Kent Hospital.She has special expertise in cardiac imaging and women's heart health. Dr. Hurlburt has completed training in advanced imaging modalities, including cardiac CT and trans-esophageal echocardiography. She is a member of the cardiovascular division at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is an instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Bruce A. Koplan, MD, is the director of the cardiac arrhythmia service at Kent Hospital.He is a specialist in pacemakers, defibrillators, and complex arrhythmias. Dr. Koplan is a member of the cardiovascular division and arrhythmia service at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

John Murphy, MD, is an invasive cardiologist.He has special expertise in cardiac catheterization and has advanced training in echocardiography. Dr. Murphy also has specialized training in medical informatics.He is a member of the cardiovascular division at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is an instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Alan Rosen, MD, is a non-invasive cardiologist.He is particularly interested in advanced cardiac imaging, echocardiography, stress testing and preventative cardiology. He has completed advanced training in advanced imaging modalities, including cardiac MRI and trans-esophageal echocardiography. Dr. Rosen is a member of the cardiovascular division at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Joseph W. Spinale, DO, serves as chief medical officer at Kent Hospital and director of medical education.He is an invasive cardiologist and has a special interest in cardiac catheterization and non-invasive imaging techniques.

Members of the public interested in learning more or scheduling an appointment should contact Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Kent at cardiology@kentri.org or log on to kentri.org/bwcardio.

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