Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) is expanding its progressive and comprehensive cardiovascular program. Through the expansion of the cardiovascular program and the employment of world-class physicians, NAH is embarking on a more regionalized approach to the delivery of cardiovascular services, including diagnostic and interventional catheterization for cardiac and vascular disease, and cardiothoracic (open heart) surgical procedures. NAH is the largest healthcare system in Northern Arizona, and is the parent company of Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) and Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC).
With the expansion of the program, NAH cardiologists and surgeons will be caring for patients and performing procedures at both facilities. These physicians include interventional cardiologists Kenneth Bescak, Sam Butman, Eric Cohen, James Dwyer and Bruce Peek; and cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons Steven Peterson and John Schor. Additionally, the cardiovascular team includes specially trained nurses, radiology technologists, cardiology technicians, exercise physiologists and dietitians.
Procedures and services offered include diagnostic procedures including stress testing, imaging and ultrasound; interventional procedures including cardiac catheterization, balloon angioplasty, stents, pacemaker insertion and treatment for peripheral vascular disease; cardiothoracic surgery including coronary artery bypass grafting, mitral valve repair and replacement, Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation, and major thoracic and vascular surgical procedures; a cardiovascular intensive care unit; and a four-stage cardiac rehabilitation program.