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8/14/2010 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC
Updated: 6/6/2011 2:27:35 PM PACIFIC
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CMH and OHSU Partner to Offer Local Cardiology Care

Cardiologist will now be based in Astoria; partnership will strengthen cardiology services for the Lower Columbia Region.

ASTORIA, Ore. – A cardiologist will now be based in Astoria to provide expanded cardiovascular care to local patients, thanks to a collaborative effort between Columbia Memorial Hospital and Oregon Health & Science University.

Erik Thorsen, CEO of Columbia Memorial Hospital announced today a new collaboration with OHSU that will bring full time local cardiovascular care to the Lower Columbia Region. Mr. Thorsen said, “CMH is pleased to once again be collaborating with OHSU as part of our increased efforts to bring world class medicine to the area”. (August 3, 2010, CMH entered into its first collaboration with OHSU and the Knight Cancer Institute when Dr. Robert Raish joined the CMH team bringing state of the art cancer care to the area).  According to Thorsen, “This is a major step forward in the level of care CMH provides to the community.  Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in the community. Providing local, full-time access to a Cardiologist is essential to improving the overall health of the community.”

Diana Rinkevich, MD, FACC, who is an Associate Professor of Cardiology in the OHSU School of Medicine, the Director of the Heart Disease in Women Program and the Director of the Echocardiography Lab at OHSU, will see patients in Astoria four days a week. Dr. Rinkevich is expected to open her outpatient clinic later this fall. 

Columbia Memorial is an independent hospital committed to the health of Astoria and the Lower Columbia Region,” said Joaquin Cigarroa, MD, Clinical Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at OHSU. “This partnership will strengthen Columbia Memorial, the community, and local medical providers.”  

The joint cardiovascular program includes increasing diagnostic capability at CMH and the development of cardiac wellness and prevention programs. Continuing medical education programs will be developed for physicians, nursing staff and the general public.

The partnership also includes coordination at OHSU of clinical services, so if patients do have a need for services not provided in Astoria, a seamless transition for specialty care and a seamless transition back to Columbia Memorial will occur. Such specialized care includes treatment for arrhythmia, acute heart attack, advanced heart failure, mechanical heart pumps, open-heart surgery, and heart transplant.

About CMH:

For the past 130 years Columbia Memorial Hospital, (an independent non- profit community hospital in Astoria Oregon.) has been committed to providing exceptional patient centered care while striving to be the provider of choice in the service area. CMH is Clatsop County’s third largest employer with over 400 employees.

About OHSU            

Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only health and research University, and Oregon’s only academic health center. OHSU is Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government). OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. It serves patients from every corner of the state, and is a conduit for learning for more than 3,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to every county in the state.