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Cardiology Physicians Partner with NCH Healthcare System

(Naples, Florida) --- Nine cardiologists from four interventional cardiology groups have joined the NCH Healthcare System, in a step which will help transform a quality cardiac program into a national Center of Excellence.

Entering into an employment arrangement with NCH are:

  • Collier Heart Group (David Axline, M.D., Herman Spilker, M.D., Carlo Santos-Ocampo, M.D.)
  • Naples Cardiovascular Specialists (Michael Flynn, M.D., James Venable, M.D.)
  • Naples Heart & Vascular Center (Adam Frank M.D., Ronald Levine, M.D., Tracey Roth, M.D.)
  • George A. Gamouras, M.D., P.A.

This is the first step toward clinical integration at NCH. It is anticipated that additional cardiologists will join this collaboration in the near future.

For more than two decades, NCH has sought out innovative ways to provide the very best cardiac care to the residents and visitors of Southwest Florida. Long before it was common to do so, NCH's Shick Heart Center initiated medical protocols involving direct angioplasty for heart attack patients which resulted in a drastic reduction in mortality compared to national averages. NCH's cardiac surgery program has consistently achieved national recognition with a five-star rating for quality.

“This partnership will lead to even better results for our patients,” stated Allen Weiss, M.D., President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “NCH is already ranked #1 in Florida for Cardiac Services, according to HealthGrades, the nation's leading healthcare ratings company. Our focus is to ensure that NCH stays at the leading edge of advancements in the delivery of heart care.”

“Working even more closely with our physicians will help us transform a quality cardiac program into a Center of Excellence which will seek regional and national recognition in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac diseases,” Weiss added.

Ronald Levine, M.D., of Naples Heart and Vascular Center adds, “This partnership will allow us to deliver better, safer, and more efficient care for our patients and the community by working together rather than separately.”

When fully developed much of these services will be located on the third floor of the Briggs Wellness Center which will be built out over the next year or so.