Kaweah Delta opens new cardiology clinic in Visalia
Partnership with local doctors will increase the community’s access
The wait to see a cardiologist in Tulare County is getting shorter thanks
to a partnership between Kaweah Delta and five cardiologists focused on
healing hearts close to home.
The Kaweah Delta Sequoia Cardiology Clinic is a new, 13,000-square-foot
clinic in Visalia working to benefit patients in need of heart care through
a partnership with the cardiologists of Sequoia Cardiology Medical Group
– David Cislowski, M.D., Ankur Gupta, M.D., Dennis Johnson, M.D.,
and Harry Lively, M.D. Kaweah Delta plans to expand its services and increase
the number of physicians in the clinic by continuing to look locally for
physicians with which to partner.
The clinic brings cardiologists together in one place to care for patients
by promoting heart health and providing ongoing evaluation and management
of their heart problems. Diagnostics are offered on site.
“This clinic is definitely serving a need because heart care is one
of the highest specialty demands in the area,” said Tracy Salsa,
Sequoia Cardiology Clinic Project Manager. “With diabetes being
so prevalent and the cardiac complications related to it, someone who
needs to see a cardiologist can face a long wait in Tulare County.”
The clinic offers everything from general cardiology to cardiac imaging
to noninvasive techniques that determine blood flow and heart function.
Patients can also have the following evaluated and managed at the cardiology
clinic: congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, peripheral
valve disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The clinic also
offers nuclear medicine to help with early diagnosis of heart disease,
along with echocardiography and stress echocardiography to determine how
a person’s heart and valves are functioning, said Barry Royce, Director
of Kaweah Delta’s Cardiovascular Services Lines.
“There really is not another local clinic that has all the diversity
that will be available here,” Royce said. “We have interventional
cardiology and general cardiology. Most clinics have only one of these
Kaweah Delta and Sequoia Cardiology Medical Group are working together
in the best interest of the community. “We want to intervene sooner
rather than later. It all leads to better care for patients so that we
can prevent them from having to be hospitalized,” Salsa said.
Cardiologists in private practice have struggled due to rising healthcare
costs and lower reimbursement rates, particularly in Tulare County, where
many patients qualify for Medi-Cal.
Through the partnership, Kaweah Delta owns and operates the clinic, leaving
physicians to focus on patient care, Salsa said. “These doctors
do not have to worry about running an office. They can truly focus on
taking care of patients,” Salsa said.
Kaweah Delta is a publicly-owned community healthcare organization that
provides comprehensive health services to the greater Visalia region and
Tulare County. With over 5,000 dedicated medical professionals and employees,
Kaweah Delta is committed to meeting the community’s health needs
and providing patients with a personal, professional, and compassionate
healthcare experience by offering state-of-the-art medicine, high-quality
preventive services and specialized health centers and clinics. For more
information, visit www.kaweahdelta.org. #