A Statement from CEO Barry Ronan
The opening of the new Heart Institute at the Western Maryland Health System is an important milestone for health care services in our region. This $7 million investment gives local residents access to comprehensive cardiac care, including open heart surgery and angioplasty.
It has been more than 10 years since planning began to bring open-heart surgery to Western Maryland. Its fruition today is possible due to the creation of the Western Maryland Health System, giving us the resources we need to develop and sustain a program of this magnitude.
We are extremely proud to have Mark Nelson, M.D., return to his hometown to join us as our cardiac surgeon. Dr. Nelson brings a wealth of experience to our program, and we have assembled a skilled team to assist him. Staff from WMHS have completed hands-on training at the University of Maryland Medical System, Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and the Washington Cardiology Center. We also have recruited team members who have extensive experience with established cardiac surgery programs.
Our medical directors—Dr. Luis Mispireta for the Open Heart Surgery Program and Dr. Kenneth Kent for the Interventional Cardiology Program—are world renowned in their respective fields, and we are fortunate to have their expertise and guidance. Of course, these new services would not be possible without the support and dedication of our cardiologists and the rest of our medical staff.
There have been literally hundreds of people involved in making the Heart Institute at the Western Maryland Health System a reality, and I thank them for their commitment to enhancing patient care services for area residents.
We believe that these expanded cardiology services will improve the health of the residents we serve and help advance the mission of the Western Maryland Health System.
The Heart Institute at Western Maryland Health System is just one of many exciting projects underway as part of our specialty centers concept, and we look forward to the further expansion of healthcare resources for all patients.
Barry P. Ronan