COLUMBIA, SC – Providence Health is consolidating all of its seventeen cardiologists in seven practices around the Midlands under one name: Providence Heart.
Cardiologists of the Providence Medical Group had been working under two separate groups: Providence Heart and Providence Cardiology (which was formerly known as South Carolina Heart Center). However, the providers in these groups have been working closely with one another for several years to provide premium care to the Midlands, ensuring that patients received the right care for their needs.
Consolidating the two cardiology brands under one name will unite their operational systems and streamline their communications so that patients can experience seamless provision of care as they benefit from the broad range of specialties available through the two groups.
“This is a great move for both our team of cardiologists and our patients,” says cardiologist Michael C. Foster, MD, FACC, who has served Chief of the Department of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac Rehab program at Providence Health, as well as President of the South Carolina Heart Center. “These two cardiology groups have a tremendous amount of talent, experience, and leadership in the field of cardiology. By practicing under one name, one entity, we are creating an impressively comprehensive menu of cutting-edge cardiology techniques offered by a roster of nationally-celebrated physicians, conveniently located right here, throughout the Midlands of South Carolina.”
“Providence Health has long been the leader of heart care in the Midlands, starting with its introduction of heart surgery over 40 years ago,” says Cardiologist Bill Phillips, MD, FACC, President of the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute who has been with Providence Heart since its inception in 2016. “The Providence Heart & Vascular Institute aims to provide the Midlands with the best in heart care, from prevention, to diagnosis, to treatment, to recovery, to maintenance,” continued Dr. Phillips,” and this consolidation supports that vision of providing the pinnacle of cardiac care.”
Providence Health’s focus on heart care led to the introduction of nearly twenty new procedures and technologies to the Midlands, as well as award-winning accredited Cardiac Rehabilitation programs at two locations, two sleep centers, the only hospital-based Vein Center in Columbia, and the only hospital-based cardiovascular technology program in South Carolina. Recently, Providence Health’s Structural Heart Program, which is comprised of cardiologists from both cardiologist groups, has been a game changer to the way heart conditions are treated, providing minimally-invasive alternatives to heart surgery.
Providence Heart will have seven offices conveniently located throughout the Midlands, including one location on each Providence Health hospital campus. Patients will continue to receive care in the same familiar location as always, with the exception of our West Columbia office which will be combining with the nearby Lexington office. Following the consolidation, all patients will continue to be seen by their same primary cardiologist. The consolidation is effective February 1, 2019.
For more information about Providence Heart visit:
Providence Heart Locations:
- Downtown Hospital Campus: 1655 Bernardin Avenue, Columbia, SC 29204 -- Phone: (803) 409-7170 Fax: (803) 409-7175
- Northeast Hospital Campus: 114 Gateway Corp. Blvd, Columbia, SC 29203 -- Phone: (803) 409-7150, Fax: (803) 409-7158
- Lexington (now combined with West Columbia): 108 Palmetto Park Blvd., Lexington, SC 29072 -- Phone: (803) 356-0949 Fax: (803) 356-1795
- Columbia: 2001 Laurel Street, Columbia SC 29204 -- Phone: (803) 254-3278, Fax: (803) 376-8010
- Bamberg: 506 North Street, Bamberg SC 29003 -- Phone: (803) 245-6290, Fax: (803) 245-6291
- Camden: 1330 Haile Street, Camden, SC 29020 -- Phone: (803) 432-6771, Fax: (803) 424-1900
- Newberry: 2669 Kinard Street, Newberry, SC 29108 -- Phone: (803) 409-7170 Fax: (803) 409-7175
About Providence Health: Founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continuing today as a Catholic healthcare system, Providence Health is a full-service healthcare system serving the Midlands of South Carolina. A part of LifePoint Health, Providence consists of two hospitals and multiple physician practices, rehabilitation centers, sleep centers, imaging and diagnostics labs, and other services. Providence Health’s downtown Columbia hospital specializes in high acuity care, while its Northeast Columbia campus recently transitioned from a specialty facility to a full-service community hospital. Providence employs more than 1,600 dedicated staff. For more information, visit YourProvidenceHealth.com.
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