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Heart institute opens office in Elizabethton

Published On: Apr 18 2013 01:41:00 PM CDT
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

     Building on the superior cardiovascular care it has delivered to patients in Carter and Johnson counties, the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute has opened an office in Elizabethton.
     The heart institute is now seeing patients in the Elizabethton Medical Care facility at 1500 W. Elk Ave., Suite 102. Drs. Harold Alison and Joseph Bailey, who are board-certified cardiologists, are providing consults and follow-up care in a convenient setting for patients in these two communities.
     “We have been privileged to have so many residents of Carter and Johnson counties entrust us with their cardiovascular care,” said Dr. Jerry Blackwell, the heart institute’s president. “We are pleased to accommodate them by taking care of their needs close to home with this new office. It demonstrates our commitment to provide high-quality care at the lowest possible cost with the greatest access.”
     The Elizabethton office is the 15th for the heart institute, which is the region’s premier and largest cardiovascular practice. The heart institute has nearby offices in Johnson City and Erwin.
     Earlier this week, the heart institute opened an office in Wytheville, Va., showing the commitment to improve the lives of patients throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
     The heart institute, which also oversees the cardiovascular programs at Wellmont Health System hospitals, recently was named among the top 10 percent in the nation for cardiac care in 2013 by CareChex, a national ratings agency. Delivering the innovative care that has generated such a sterling reputation are 46 physicians, who practice in various aspects of care.
     Two of the cardiologists who make a positive difference in patients’ lives are Drs. Alison and Bailey, who bring extensive experience to the Elizabethton office.
     Dr. Alison graduated from medical school at Columbia University and served his residency at the University of Tennessee and his fellowship at the University of Alabama. Dr. Bailey graduated from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, completed his residency at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine and performed his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
     “Dr. Bailey and I look forward to assisting our patients with compassionate cardiac care that will enable them to live healthier and more productively,” Dr. Alison said. “We are proud to be their caregivers, excited to be part of their community and grateful for the opportunity to see them in such a nice facility.”
     Tim Attebery, Wellmont’s vice president of cardiovascular services, said the heart institute will be empowered to offer additional diagnostic services in Elizabethton because of its professional relationship with the Hopland family, which constructed the Medical Care building, He said the heart institute will be able to access other providers in the building that offer nuclear imaging and echocardiograms.
     Should patients need advanced care, the Elizabethton office provides seamless access to Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center, which have consistently earned state and national accolades for their expert, highly skilled care.
     “Our combined resources reinforce that patients are in superb hands when they choose the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute,” Attebery said. “We have consistently proven ourselves as the go-to organization for the best cardiovascular care in the region.
     “We’re delighted with this reputation but are constantly looking for ways to bolster our services for the benefit of our valued patients. This new office in Elizabethton meshes nicely with that plan of action.”
     To schedule an appointment with the heart institute’s Elizabethton office, please call 423-282-5054.