Help bring open-heart surgery to Southern Regional

Southern Regional Medical Center is looking to complement its cardiac rehabilitation program and accredited chest pain center (the only one with angioplasty in the south metro area) by creating an open-heart surgery program.  But community support is crucial in order for SRMC to gain approval.

An application was recently filed with the Department of Community Health (DCH) for an open-heart certificate of need, which would allow surgeons to perform open-heart procedures at SRMC.

“There are no open heart surgery programs located south of I-20. The closest providers are Emory Midtown, Grady, and Atlanta Medical Center, which are located approximately 15 miles away,” says SRMC Public Relations Liaison Kari Hilyer. “The segments along I-75 and the downtown connector to reach these facilities are some of the most heavily congested in the entire metro Atlanta region. As a result, transports to these facilities may take an hour or longer. We anticipate that having an open heart surgery program at SRMC will reduce travel times for the residents of Clayton, Henry, Fayette, Spalding, Pike, and Butts Counties by an average of 45 minutes, which is critical time when a patient is having a heart attack or other cardiac emergency.”

If approved, SRMC would be the only hospital performing open-heart surgery south of I-20. According to its website, almost 1,000 patients annually must travel from Clayton and Henry counties to Atlanta for cardiac interventions in the form of open-heart surgery. This figure doesn’t even include the rest of the Southern Crescent. So, not only will many lives be saved, but Clayton county will reap economic benefits from this union as well.

Most importantly, DCH’s decision is based heavily on community support. “One way in which DCH gauges support is through letters submitted by community members,” adds Hilyer. “Letters telling personal anecdotes of how local access to open-heart surgery would have benefited a community member are especially powerful.” Anyone can visit SRMC’s open-heart website to submit a letter of support to bring these services here.

SRMC anticipates receiving an answer from DCH by June 21, 2010. If approved, open-heart surgery services could be available to patients as soon as January 2012.

20 comments Add your comment

Rhonda

March 15th, 2010
4:08 pm

I just clicked on the above Southern Regional link. I went to the page that helps you to find a doctor. Put in cardiovascular, and my city, and it said there was no match, to try to narrow my search. I ended up putting “any city”, and it still said “no match”. :( No heart doctors south of I-20?

kallen

March 15th, 2010
5:11 pm

Kari Hilyer provided this telephone number to find doctors, which is also located on the SRMC web site: 770-541-1111

jakeinjboro

March 16th, 2010
12:57 pm

Clayton General/Souhern Regional Hospital has a checkerd past at best as to quality of care. Particularly the Emergency room. They almost killed my Mother before sending her home un-treated and a Forest Park man died in the waiting room, from a stab wound, waiting for attention.
Just because something is close by does not mean it deserves our patronage.

19&41

March 16th, 2010
3:05 pm

I have a niece that was delivered at SRMC and several family members that have used the emergency services there with good results. I myself have had opportunity to use the emergency room and was treated both promptly and professionally. That hospital is a valuabale asset to this county. And we have too few places in this county one can say that about. Every care facility has it’s share of incidents of bad care, and the best they can do is continue to improve their service and learn from their errors.

MorrowDude

March 16th, 2010
4:45 pm

I have had two major surgeries at Southern Regional and found it to be a fantastic hospital. Please go to the website and support the new services.

The Masters

March 17th, 2010
11:24 pm

Heart Attack,Heart Block,Heart Disease,Heart Disease in Women,Heart Failure,Heart Valves
High Blood Pressure, is all a result of the rich folks who caused the accreditation loss and destroyed the county. The answer to these problems are eat less and exercise; however, the rich know nothing about that. Remember the billboard, help the “Endangered Species”, they won’t.

Borodawg

March 18th, 2010
8:07 am

I followed your link to “..SRMC…send a letter to the State..”; filled out the form; but there was no “send” or “submit” function. I tried with two different browsers. I fully support their efforts to gain open heart surgery.

kallen

March 18th, 2010
8:47 am

Borowdawg: try this link, there should be a submit button all the way at the end after the 2nd commentary box.

http://www.southernregional.org/services/openheart/petition.aspx

My 2 cents

March 18th, 2010
8:34 pm

Guy gets shot at an East Point Marta station….why is the AJC reporting that the victim is a Jonesboro High graduate? What does the high school that the victim graduated from have to do with ANYTHING?

Just further proof of this papers attempts to smear Clayton County

TO ANSWER THE QUESTION
I support the cardiac program at southern Regional. Its bad enough that they build just about every needed service or business North of I-20…as if nobody lives south of I-20.

Give me an effing break

March 19th, 2010
9:11 am

My 2 cents maybe your the problem. the person killed was one of Clayton’s best students and deserved to be recognized unfortunately it had to be because of his death and the only negatives I had were of east Point and MARTA . all I saw was a chess champion and math whiz who just happened to be from Jonesboro whose life was cut short too soon by some idiot from Fulton county on MARTA .
anyways everytime I’ve went to Southern Regional I got good care, good service and big bills. My only problem is they won’t stop sending me bills for $0.00 two years after i paid in full. Being able to do open heart surgery there can only make the hospital better I will write a letter.

kallen

March 19th, 2010
10:41 am

Guy gets shot at an East Point Marta station….why is the AJC reporting that the victim is a Jonesboro High graduate? What does the high school that the victim graduated from have to do with ANYTHING?

Just further proof of this papers attempts to smear Clayton County

Okay so let me get this straight. The article re: a chess champion kid (who is clearly the victim) who gets shot at the East Point MARTA station in FULTON county – possibly by a FULTON county resident (at the very least the alleged shooter was found in his mom’s FULTON county apartment), is proof of an AJC smear campaign because it was reported (by several media outlets mind you) that he’s a Jonesboro high school graduate?

Perhaps they reported where he graduated high school because this could have been one of his few major life accomplishments since he died so young?

Why not try to look at this from a positive angle instead of searching for more negatives – Beavers dispels the myth that our children are not learning anything in Clayton County Public Schools, and that nothing good comes out of CCPS.

Just my opinion My 2 cents, but I think you’re reaching.

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Howard

May 21st, 2010
2:59 pm

Unlike most people, I have inside experience with major hospitals throughout the United States. I have served as a consultant or as part of the administrative staff of over 17 prestigious hospitals. These hospitals include The University of Mississippi – Jackson MS, Methodist Healthcare – New Orleans LA, DCH Regional Medical Center – Tuscaloosa AL, Sentara Health System – Norfolk VA, Methodist Hospital – Savannah GA, University of Alabama – Birmingham AL, Methodist Health System – Memphis TN, Piedmont Hospital – Atlanta GA, Baylor Health System – Dallas TX, Scott & White Health System – Temple TX, The Ministry Health System – Central Wisconsin, Tucson Medical Center – Tucson AZ, Christus Health System – Houston TX and Fletcher Allen Health Care – Burlington VT.
A year ago I came to work at Southern Regional. I have been amazed at the quality of services and the dedication of the staff at SRMC. I can assure everyone, based on my experience, that the health services provided at Southern Regional is equal to or superior to any of the hospitals listed above. It would be a disservice to the community if SRMC was not allowed to develop an open heart program.

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