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NRH to end emergency cardiac cath services, other cardiology options to remain in place Newman Regional Health photo

Newman Regional Health is reluctantly moving forward with certain adjustments in its cardiology department.

Chief Executive Officer Bob Wright says the emergency cardiac cath services will shut down in June. Other cardiology services will remain intact.

Wright tells KVOE News this has nothing to do with traffic or demand. It has everything to do with staffing.

The Board of Trustees approved the operation changes during its monthly meeting Wednesday. That vote followed a meeting with a national recruiter last week.

Wright says Newman Regional Health will put its efforts into bolstering the general cardiology department, which has been "stunted" due to the lack of practitioners.

The hospital has used general and interventional cardiologists to handle emergency care since the cardiology program started in 2013. Eventually, there will be two general cardiologists to provide general cardiology, identify issues and then refer them to interventional cardiologists. Wright says the final plan could be to have an interventional cardiologist and three general cardiologists available for area patients, with specialists coming in for vascular cases on a scheduled basis.

Wright says Newman Regional Health will revert to some pre-2013 practices, including cardiac cath care on weekdays, on the guidance of the American College of Cardiology. The goal will be to get cardiac patients initial care before transferring them to regional health centers within two hours of first symptoms. Wright anticipates most cardiac patients may be transferred to Topeka for additional care.

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