TYLER – Cardiovascular Associates of East Texas (CAET) and the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital (LPOHH) have signed an affiliation agreement to provide improved access to physicians for patients throughout the region. That’s according to a news release from Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, the parent organization of the LPOHH. “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.”
“We’re very proud to be bringing back together the two real pioneers of cardiovascular care in East Texas,” said Lindsey Bradley, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. “Dr. Sanford and Dr. Israel really are the godfathers of cardiology in East Texas, and the affiliation between them and our organizations is a truly historical step into the future for heart patients.” Bradley referred to Dr. C. Fagg Sanford, Chief of Cardiology at the LPOHH, and Dr. Noah Israel, founding partner of CAET.
“We are bringing together two groups with a lot of compassion, knowledge and skills that we are able to give to our patients,” said Israel. “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.” Sanford added, “These two groups will be joining together under the umbrella of a fabulous organization – the organization that started cardiovascular care in East Texas. Together, we will continue to lead the way in cardiovascular care – not just in East Texas, but in the Nation – with benchmarks that are among the very best in this country.”
The agreement maintains that the two entities remain independent of one another but affiliate to combine services to offer to bring heart care to East Texans through outreach clinics spread throughout smaller, rural locations – in places like Gun Barrel City, Pittsburg, and beyond. Additionally, according to the news release, CAET patients will benefit from a streamlined process for admitting and services from Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. That will be partially through the implementation and coordination of the TMFHC electronic health record, ConnectCARE, in the CAET offices and clinics, which will further enhance the convenience of patients of both organizations, according to officials.