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Atrium Medical Center Expands Availability of Advanced Cardiac Care

Middletown, Ohio, January 22, 2009 – Atrium Medical Center is pleased to announce the expansion of its advanced cardiac care to include emergency interventional procedures.  This expansion of services means that Atrium is equipped to perform interventional cardiology procedures at any time of day or night and no longer needs to transport patients to other facilities for emergency cardiac care.

“As the saying goes, ‘time equals heart muscle,’” says Douglas W. McNeill, president and CEO of Atrium Medical Center. “By offering advanced cardiac care around the clock for all heart patients, we’re saving valuable time in getting our patients the quality care they need – whether it’s through interventional procedures or open-heart surgery.”

Interventional cardiology procedures involve catheterization (the insertion of a small tube called a catheter) to open or widen narrow or blocked blood vessels. Since Atrium’s Interventional Cardiology Program launched in 2008, the hospital has successfully performed:

  • Balloon Angioplasty – A tiny balloon is placed inside a narrow or totally blocked blood vessel to open the vessel and improve blood flow.
  • Coronary Stenting – A small, wire mesh tube called a “stent” is placed inside a diseased coronary artery to hold it open.
  • Peripheral Stenting – Similar to coronary stenting, this procedure widens blood vessels other than coronary arteries, most commonly the leg arteries.

“A significant number of our 911 calls are for cardiac-related emergencies. The addition of these vital services will greatly enhance patient outcomes and bolster our Paramedics’ efforts in the field,” explains David Adams EMS Captain, Middletown Division of Fire.

Atrium’s team of interventional cardiologists is led by Medical Director Saeb Khoury, MD, of Middletown Cardiovascular Associates. The team also includes Syed Najeed, MD, of The Cardiac & Vascular Center, and Alvaro Waissbluth, MD, who practices with Dr. Khoury.

This expansion of Interventional Cardiology complements Atrium’s Open-Heart Program, under the medical direction of John Miller, MD. On June 2, Atrium performed its first triple bypass procedure and has since phased in more complex, higher risk open-heart surgeries.  In October, Atrium received a top, five-star rating for the treatment of heart attack and heart failure from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company.

“Last year was a momentous year for patient care at Atrium,” states McNeill.  “We’re extremely proud of the cardiac programs we’ve launched and our accomplishments in our first year. We’re saving lives by making top-quality heart care more accessible than ever to area residents.”

For more information about heart care at Atrium Medical Center, please visit