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Electrophysiology Program Approved for Olean General

Posted on: 05/12/2016

A joint Certificate of Need between Kaleida Health and Olean General Hospital (OGH) to establish an electrophysiology program (EP) at OGH has been approved by the New York State Department of Health. The EP program will enable physicians to treat heart rhythm abnormalities, called arrhythmias, through the implantation of pacemakers and other devices. It is the second partnership in cardiac care between Olean General Hospital, member hospital of Upper Allegheny Health System, and Kaleida Health in the past three years.

Electrophysiology capabilities will be the newest addition to cardiac care at OGH, adding to its interventional cardiac catheterization laboratory, established in 2013 and also jointly operated by Olean General Hospital and Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute. In 2009 OGH established the Chest Pain Center, which applies evidence-based protocols and best practices to diagnose the cause of chest pain. The OGH Chest Pain Center is one of only nine in New York State currently accredited by the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care.

“Electrophysiology at Olean General is another collaboration between OGH and Kaleida Health to provide exceptional heart care in Southwestern New York,” said Timothy Finan, president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System, Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center.

“Two and half years ago, Olean General and Kaleida Health established the interventional cardiac catheterization laboratory at OGH, which has made a huge impact on heart care in the region,” Finan said. “The establishment of an electrophysiology program at OGH is the next logical step in taking our heart program to the next level.”

“The addition of electrophysiology services at Olean General Hospital will mean more advanced cardiac services closer to home,” said Christopher Mallavarapu, MD, medical director of the interventional cardiac catheterization laboratory at Olean General Hospital.

“Having electrophysiology at Olean General Hospital means patients in Southwestern New York State and Northwestern Pennsylvania can be diagnosed and treated locally for heart arrhythmias, sparing them the need to have to travel long distances to have electrophysiology procedures.” said Dr. Mallavarapu, who is on the medical staff of Olean General Hospital, Bradford Regional Medical Center and Kaleida Health.

Kaleida Health and Olean General Hospital officials will be working on the specifics of electrophysiology program needs, including staffing, equipment and specific location at Olean General Hospital and expect to have a timeline for opening soon.

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