The first cardiology hospitalist program in the St. Louis area recently began at St. John’s Mercy Heart and Vascular Hospital allowing more focused care for hospitalized heart patients by board-certified cardiologists available throughout the day.On-site interventional "cardiology hospitalists" may improve door-to-balloon times during acute heart attacks, but will also place additional pressure on community-based interventional cardiologists to join forces with hospitals since their ability to expand their practices with new acute patients will be severely limited as a result.
Patricia Cole, MD, an interventional cardiologist, is the director of inpatient cardiology services at St. John’s Mercy leading the new group. Mary Carolyn Gamache, MD, FACC, recently joined Mercy as the second cardiology hospitalist. She has been practicing with Metro Heart Group of St. Louis since 1995. Along with the cardiologists, three nurse practioners will also be a constant presence for patients and families.
The path to "cardiology proceduralist" continues.