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Area Residents Benefit from UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute Now at UPMC Altoona

ALTOONA, Pa., March 14, 2017 — Patients with heart and blood vessel conditions will now have local access to expanded services and the reassurance of world-class care as UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) is now at UPMC Altoona.

“Becoming a part of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute is a step we’ve been working toward since affiliating with UPMC, and we are proud that our local programs have met all of the requirements and standards to join this nationally recognized group. The advancements in care now available to patients here at home are a significant benefit that we are pleased to bring to our community,” says Jerry Murray, UPMC Altoona president.

For decades, HVI has been making significant contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular medicine:
  • UPMC was the first hospital to successfully discharge a patient with a left ventricular assist device.
  • UPMC’s Cardiac Catheterization Program is one of the nation’s largest in terms of patient volume. Experts perform more than 23,000 diagnostic and interventional procedures each year.
  • Experts in the Division of Vascular Surgery helped to pioneer minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of the entire vascular system.
UPMC Altoona also has decades of experience in heart and vascular care, including a number of regional “firsts” such as outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, open heart surgery and cardiac ablation.

As part of the integration into UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, long-time vascular surgeon Arthur DeMarsico D.O., and cardiologist George Jabbour, M.D., are joined by:
  • Mukul Bhatnagar, M.D.
  • Vijay Janakiraman, M.D.
  • Jonathan Holtz, M.D.
  • Maryam Mohammadi, M.D.
All cardiologists are board certified in cardiovascular disease and related sub-specialty areas. Additional information can be found in the latest issue of Healthy Living Magazine.

Holtz brings advanced training and extensive experience in treating patients with advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. A Cambria County native, Holtz earned a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He spent an additional year as a hospitalist with UCSF’s advanced heart failure service before completing fellowships in cardiovascular disease and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.

“Dr. Holtz’s expertise is a new and valuable asset to our residents,” says Jabbour. “This region has a lot of aged people who have significant cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, which is very debilitating.”

“The UPMC Vascular Service, under the leadership of Michel Makaroun, M.D., had always been a resource for me prior to our integration,” DeMarsico says. “It was a natural fit when I was brought into the division as an employed physician. I have wonderful, gifted colleagues with whom to exchange information, and it always helps me remain on the forefront of evidenced-based care. Our group contains several leaders in vascular surgery that participate as primary investigators of numerous clinical trials. So, cutting-edge treatments will be seamlessly available to our community.”

About UPMC

A $14 billion world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. UPMC provides nearly $900 million a year in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 65,000 employees, more than 25 hospitals, 600 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a more than 3 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical and behavioral health services insurer in western Pennsylvania. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC ranks No. 12 in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. UPMC Enterprises functions as the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC while UPMC International provides hands-on health care and management services with partners in 12 countries on four continents. For more information, go to UPMC.com

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