Native American Cardiology
Flagstaff Medical Center and the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona have a dedicated Native American Cardiology program through an expanded collaboration with the Indian Health Service's Native American Cardiology Program.
By collaborating with Flagstaff Medical Center and the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, the need for travel to Tucson by those who live on reservations in Northern Arizona can be decreased.
The Native American Cardiology Program at Flagstaff Medical Center includes outpatient cardiology care and diagnostic testing; inpatient care and hospital-based diagnostic and interventional procedures; cardiothoracic and vascular surgery; and telephone and telemedicine consultations for Indian Health Service’s primary care physicians throughout the region. To support the program, HVCNA has added a dedicated nurse care coordinator to work with Native American patients who are patients at Flagstaff Medical Center. The care coordinator focuses on discharge planning for these patients, ensuring a safe and timely transition from the hospital to their home or skilled nursing facility. Additionally, Navajo translators work with Native American patients in the HVCNA/NACP offices and at FMC.
The Native American Cardiology Program was developed in 1993 as a Center for Excellence in Cardiology through a collaboration between Indian Health Services, the University of Arizona and Tucson's Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. This program was developed to provide direct cardiovascular care to Native Americans at reservation clinics within Arizona, Utah and Nevada.