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North Fulton Hospital opens new cardiology center

Partnering with WellStar Health System

CAITLIN WAGENSEIL/Staff Dr. Rajesh Sachdeva and Dr. Ayushi Ahuja, the cardiologists running the new practice, cut the ribbon at the official ceremony held on Thursday. Joining them are NFH CEO Deborah Keel, Mayor Jere Wood and Councilman Jerry Orlans CAITLIN WAGENSEIL/Staff. (click for larger version)
October 18, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. – If someone is experiencing a heart attack, they need the best care possible. That's what a new partnership at North Fulton Hospital with WellStar Health System brings.

A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday, Oct. 10 to officially introduce the community to the first cardiology practice to come to North Fulton Hospital, at 4500 Hospital Blvd. in Roswell.

North Fulton Cardiovascular Medicine is a two-physician cardiology practice owned by the hospital with management of its services provided by WellStar Health System.

Debbie Keel, chief executive officer of North Fulton Hospital, said the new facility is part of the hospital's continuing effort to reshape and retool the hospital to better serve the community.

"This is going to be a top-notch program for us," Keel said. "When you have someone in an active heart attack coming into the ER, all the players have to play their part precisely from the minute the patient arrives, to being in the cath lab, all the way through recovery — and that's the kind of program we're going to run here."

WellStar Chief Cardiology Officer Dr. Barry Mangel said he was excited about the affiliation with North Fulton Hospital.

"We're looking forward to this relationship to develop a world-class cardiac program here at North Fulton, and I think we're well on our way to doing that," Mangel said.

The practice will offer in-patient and out-patient care and will soon have a new cardiac catheterization lab installed in the facility.

Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and state Sen. Brandon Beach were present at the ribbon cutting and spoke about the importance of having the new facility at the hospital.

"It's important to have great health care when we're trying to retain, expand and recruit new companies — it's a tool in our toolbox to have a facility like this," Beach said.

Dr. Rajesh Sachdeva and Dr. Ayushi Ahuja are the two physicians that will run the cardiology practice. Sachdeva, a board certified interventional cardiologist, will serve as cardiology medical director for the hospital and Ahuja will help in the development of a women's cardiology program.

"It's really a great opportunity to serve our community," Ahuja said. "To start something, build it up and then be here for a long, long time."

For more information on the cardiology practice, visit www.nfultonhospital.com.

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