SIOUX CITY | St. Luke's Regional Medical Center and Cardiovascular Associates P.C. on Thursday announced the formation of a partnership to expand cardiovascular care in the region.
The new agreement, which took effect Tuesday, will allow the Sioux City hospital and specialty practice to better coordinate patient care, enhance hospital services, and jointly operate cardiology clinics and manage outreach services, officials said in a statement.
“An agreement of this nature helps build a stronger hospital program with active participation from physicians in planning how to deliver high quality patient care,” St. Luke's Chief Operating Officer Lynn Wold said in the statement. “St. Luke’s has taken great strides to expand heart and vascular care services within our hospital and this new agreement with CVA will further enhance our ability to serve patients.”
Dr. Jon Peacock, CVA president, said the agreement will allow the practice to "remain fully focused on delivering care of the highest quality to our patients."
"It is important to us that we make the best choices with our patients so they have the right diagnostic, interventional or surgical procedure,” Peacock said.
The new deal builds on recent collaboration between the two organizations. St. Luke's opened a state-of-the art coronary care unit.
CVA and St. Luke’s officials said they are making plans for additional hospital enhancements this spring, but did not elaborate further.
The closer collaboration between St. Luke's and CVA began after Mercy Medical Center formed its own hospital-owned cardiology group, called Mercy Cardiology, in 2010. The move led to competition in the cardiology field in Siouxland for the first time in a decade.
Under the new partnership, CVA physicians will continue to see patients at both St. Luke's and Mercy.
CVA has six non-invasive cardiologists, three interventional cardiologists and two electrophysiologists who see patients at clinics in Sioux City and outreach locations around Siouxland.