Hamilton Cardiology’s COVID-19 Response
Hamilton Cardiology Associates are fully operating and available for your care.
We have taken measures to meet all the recommended standards to safely return to normal business. We have increased our hygiene protocols and physical distancing policies to ensure a safe social distance for all appointment types, including all office visits, testing and procedures.
Exciting New Treatment Offered For Coronary Artery Disease
Hamilton Cardiology Associates is pleased to announce that Drs. Edward Wingfield and Justin Fox successfully performed the first SHOCKWAVE coronary lithoplasty procedure in Mercer County at St. Francis Medical Center on August 4, 2021. The SHOCKWAVE device uses ultrasonic pressure waves to disrupt and modify plaque in coronary arteries that have a large amount of calcium, allowing interventional cardiologists to more effectively treat difficult blockages. The device is used during a cardiac catheterization procedure and typically a stent is also placed to prevent the blockage from re-occurring. The SHOCKWAVE technology has been used for decades in the treatment of kidney stones and more recently has been FDA approved for use in the peripheral, and now, coronary arteries.
“We have had great success using the SHOCKWAVE device to treat patients with blockages in their lower extremities over the past few years and now I’m excited to be able to apply the same technology to help our patients with severely calcified coronary arteries.” said Dr. Wingfield. Dr. Fox added, “Some of our most challenging cases in the cardiac cath lab involve patients with severe coronary artery calcium. The SHOCKWAVE device is a game-changer in that it allows us to treat these blockages in a safe, highly effective and typically painless way using technology that hasn’t been used in the coronary arteries before.”
Over the past two decades, the interventional cardiologists of Hamilton Cardiology, lead by Dr. Jay Patel, have been the leaders in Mercer County in advancing the procedural treatment of coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease and structural heart disease. Dr. Patel has served as the Medical Director of the only full-service cardiac catheterization lab in Mercer County at St Francis Medical Center since 2006. In addition, Hamilton Cardiology physicians have brought several advances in cardiac care to Mercer County, initiating the use locally of abdominal aortic stent grafting for abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery stenting, the Impella left ventricular support device, EKOS catheter-directed thrombolysis to treat pulmonary embolism, distal radial access for cardiac catheterization and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).
Hamilton Cardiology Associates’ Interventional Cardiology Department is comprised of Dr. Patel, Dr. Wingfield, Dr. Fox, Dr. Bora Toklu, and Dr. Shakil Shaikh. All of these providers will be able to offer SHOCKWAVE lithoplasty as part of their care at St. Francis Medical Center. To make an appointment with any of our physicians, call 609-584-1212.
Unlock the Full Potential of your Practice through Remote Vitals Monitoring
Exclusive Interview with Hamilton Cardiology’s Diane Marolda
Diane Marolda, Director of Clinical Operations at Hamilton Cardiology, has utilized our Chronic Care Management (CCM) and Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) programs to their fullest potential. As one of the fastest adopters and top 1% of utilizers of these programs, Hamilton Cardiology’s effective implementation practices have brought consistent and reliable care into the lives of their patients. We at MD Revolution became interested in Diane’s implementation model and how other providers can follow in her footsteps. So, we had our VP of Sales and Business Development, Paul Huffman, sit down with Diane to discuss Hamilton Cardiology’s unique strategy towards providing and maintaining quality care:
What would you tell another practice that’s looking to get into Remote Patient Monitoring or Chronic Care Management?
The first and most important thing you need is your Champion – either a physician champion or another provider champion who is going to be your biggest cheerleader and the one to deliver the message to the rest of the group. Our biggest champion is our CEO Dr. Ghusson. You really do have to have a team that’s starting at the very top that’s ready to support this program.
Second, you have to have an implementation team internally.
In the beginning, it’s a lot of work — just because my workflows work for Hamilton Cardiology doesn’t mean they will work for some other practice. Blood pressure is a big one for us, but with another practice, it could be glucose monitoring. You really have to know your practice and know your patient population. You also have to know which of the diagnoses included in the care plan would be most compelling for your patient population to actually participate in Chronic Care Management.
The third most important thing is that you have to have buy-in from the staff. When we first started CCM, we launched an entire marketing campaign. The first people we were marketing to were our employees. They are our clients, too. They are the ones getting the phone calls, they are the ones answering the questions at check-in or check-out. Everyone really needs to be educated about this program and be able to handle questions. It is the ongoing commitment of the entire practice to stay involved and stay motivated.
Diane and her team at Hamilton Cardiology exemplify all that is possible within the RPM and CCM framework. With a team dedicated to reliable, long-term implementation, Hamilton Cardiology is consistently providing its patients with the highest quality care. We at MD Revolution are impressed by Diane’s achievements and are excited to see what she and her team accomplish in the future!