Cardiovascular Associates of East Texas and the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital have joined to open a clinic in Gun Barrel City, Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics officials announced.

An open house will be held Monday at the new clinic at 126 W. Main, Suite C.

Attendees can meet the cardiology team who will be offering weekly consultations there.

Dr. Scott Wright, Dr. Richard Lowry and CAET founding partner Dr. Noah Israel will divide their time and services among patients on a rotating basis every Tuesday.

"By partnering with Cardiovascular Associates of East Texas, Trinity Mother Frances and the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital are demonstrating our continual commitment to provide East Texas with the very highest levels of care," said Dr. Steve Keuer, president and chief medical officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. "We take great pride in the quality of care we provide, and we are confident this affiliation will improve upon both organizations' already high standards."

The doctors bring decades of combined experience practicing cardiology throughout the East Texas region. They have served patients in Tyler, as well as in clinics located in Athens, Pittsburgh and beyond.

"By combining the efforts and skills of these two excellent organizations, patients throughout the East Texas region will have improved access to the highest levels of cardiac care available," said Ray Thompson, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. "We will be bringing specialists to clinics throughout the region on a regular basis, offering patients access they've never had."

Israel added, "We are bringing together two groups with a lot of compassion, knowledge and skills that we are able to give to our patients. I look at this as putting together a dream team. You have the skills, compassion and long-term experience of two groups offering the care the patients need, with state-of-the-art technology."

Hours of operation, number of physicians and the variety and volume of services offered are slated to develop in the coming months. Patients will receive imaging services provided by Mother Frances Hospital.

CAET patients will benefit from a streamlined process for admitting and services from Trinity Mother Frances Hospital when needed, partially through the implementation and coordination of the TMFHC electronic health record, ConnectCARE.

"We are very much looking forward to offering cardiac care to patients in Gun Barrel City," Lowry said. "There are many people throughout the East Texas area who simply do not have convenient access to the advanced care, equipment and expertise that we will be offering, and there is a significant need there."

Wright added, "Our goal with the opening of this clinic, and with this affiliation between the two organizations, is expand access. Access is a buzzword in healthcare right now, but the underlying concept is vital to our mission: We seek to bring the very best treatment to the patients who need it. We want to meet the patients' needs where they are."



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