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Gwinnett Medical Center Performs First PCI Procedure—Major milestone in introduction of comprehensive line of advanced cardiac care in Gwinnett

03.01.2011

Lawrenceville, Ga.—Gwinnett Medical Center is pleased to announce its first PCI procedure was performed today in its cardiac catheterization lab. PCI is short for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, the formal name for coronary angioplasty and stenting.

“This is a significant milestone in Gwinnett Medical Center’s history and a great advancement for the community we serve,” states Philip R. Wolfe, GMC president and CEO. “Before, cardiac patients needing interventional treatments had to leave Gwinnett. Now, they are able to receive this advanced service here in our community. This moves us one major step closer to offering the complete array of advanced cardiovascular care right here in Gwinnett.”

The ability to perform PCI is one component of what will be a full suite of advanced cardiovascular services at Gwinnett Medical Center. Approval to provide the service was granted by the Georgia Department of Community Health, complementing the approval to offer open heart surgical services. The hospital is currently constructing its Heart & Vascular Center at GMC-Lawrenceville, but is able to perform PCI services within its existing cardiac catheterization labs. The Heart & Vascular Center is scheduled to open in early 2012.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Louis Heller of Cardiovascular Group, P.C. Dr. Heller is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is the Director of the cardiac cath lab at GMC.

“This first procedure was a textbook case,” said Dr. Heller. “An immense amount of preparation has occurred within GMC to prepare for this day, and that work is paying off. The patient came through with flying colors, and I know that many more Gwinnett residents will come to recognize that the best cardiac care in the region is available here in their own backyard.”

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