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Piedmont Heart Institute Welcomes Cardiac Disease Specialists

June 30, 2008

ATLANTA, June 30 /PRNewswire/ — Cardiac Disease Specialists, P.C. (CDS), is the third major cardiovascular physician group to join the Piedmont Heart Institute (PHI), making PHI Physicians one of the largest groups of cardiovascular specialists in the Southeast. As a group practice under Piedmont Healthcare, CDS has 17 physicians in 11 locations, including Buckhead, Blue Ridge, Dallas, Eatonton, Jasper and Vinings. The CDS Sleep Disorders Center also will become part of the Piedmont Heart Institute.

“The addition of Cardiac Disease Specialists to PHI signifies the coming together of some of the best and the brightest cardiovascular physicians in the field, complementing the membership of ACG and COG,” said Michele M. Molden, president and CEO of the Piedmont Heart Institute.

“The physicians with Cardiac Disease Specialists began serving patients in the metro area in 1980 and have become leaders in resolving cardiac problems for the greater Georgia community,” she continued. “We are proud to have this distinguished group of cardiac specialists join us and look forward to their involvement in the leadership and direction of the Piedmont Heart Institute.”

Seven months ago, the Atlanta Cardiology Group (ACG), a 25-member cardiovascular physician specialty group became the first practice to join the Piedmont Heart Institute. In April, Cardiology of Georgia (COG), which includes 20 cardiovascular specialists, announced it was becoming part of the PHI.

The Piedmont Heart Institute, the first of its kind affiliated with a community hospital system in greater Atlanta, includes more than 60 cardiovascular specialists and continues to initiate new programs in cardiovascular research, education and excellence in prevention, arrhythmias, coronary and vascular intervention, stroke and cardiac imaging. It brings together prominent cardiovascular physician groups with one of the premier cardiac centers in the region, Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta at Piedmont Hospital. Piedmont Hospital was recently named Best in Atlanta for Overall Cardiac Care and Cardiac Surgery (2008) by HealthGrades(R), the leading healthcare ratings organization.

“Cardiac Disease Specialists has a long heritage at Piedmont,” said Harold D. Carlson, M.D., managing partner of CDS, “and we have always been committed to the delivery of high quality cardiovascular care. Our alignment with the Piedmont Heart Institute continues our legacy of care, while providing our physicians and patients with high quality healthcare services.”

Seeking further alignment of the physicians and our hospitals, the Piedmont Heart Institute has implemented a new care delivery model in Atlanta that eliminates the barriers to working more closely together and creates a platform where leadership is shared with enhanced care and services for the community. This fully integrated financial model will ultimately improve the patient experience, care efficiencies, quality and outcomes.

Since the mid-1960s, Piedmont Hospital has continued to earn recognition as a leader in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. Piedmont was one of Georgia’s first hospitals to establish a dedicated coronary care unit (CCU), the first to hire a full-time director of a community CCU, and one of the first in the country to use telemetry monitors throughout the hospital. Piedmont has successfully developed cardiac catheterization, interventional cardiology, comprehensive electrophysiology and arrhythmia services, advanced heart failure management, open-heart surgery, and peripheral vascular services. This expertise culminated in 1994 with the centralization of services at the Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta at Piedmont Hospital and influenced the development of exceptional cardiac programs at the other Piedmont hospitals as well.

About Cardiac Disease Specialists

Cardiac Disease Specialists (CDS) is a member of Piedmont Heart Institute Physicians, with 17 physicians practicing in 11 locations across greater Atlanta. Since 1980, CDS has been dedicated to the delivery of high quality cardiovascular care using the full range of clinical, non-invasive, and interventional services available. CDS is committed to wellness and disease prevention through personalized screenings and patient-tailored risk reduction programs.

About the Piedmont Heart Institute

The Piedmont Heart Institute (PHI) is the first integrated cardiovascular healthcare delivery program affiliated with a community health system in greater Atlanta and is headquartered on the campus of Piedmont Hospital, a 481-bed tertiary care facility offering all major medical, surgical and diagnostic services. Offering a continuum of patient care, including primary and secondary prevention, outpatient and inpatient cardiovascular care, and appropriate quality measures and metrics to demonstrate enhanced outcomes, PHI combines renowned cardiologists and the 162-bed Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta to propel new programs in cardiovascular research, education and excellence in prevention, arrhythmias, coronary and vascular intervention, stroke and cardiac imaging. PHI is part of Piedmont Healthcare (PHC), a not-for-profit organization that also includes Piedmont Fayette Hospital, a 143-bed acute-care community hospital in Fayetteville; Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, a 42-bed community hospital in Jasper; Piedmont Newnan Hospital, a 143-bed acute-care community hospital in Newnan; the Piedmont Hospital Foundation, the philanthropic entity for private fundraising initiatives; the Piedmont Physicians Group, with more than 80 primary care physicians in 29 offices throughout metro Atlanta; and the Piedmont Clinic, a 567-member physician network. For more information, visit http://www.piedmontheartinstitute.org/ .

About Piedmont Hospital’s Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta

The 162-bed Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta at Piedmont Hospital includes more than 100 physicians and 550 support staff. Piedmont Hospital was recently named Best in Atlanta for Overall Cardiac Care and Cardiac Surgery (2008) by HealthGrades(R), the leading healthcare ratings organization. The Center offers a full spectrum of integrated cardiovascular care — from initial testing to post-surgery recovery, including nationally accredited programs in cardiac rehabilitation, echocardiology, peripheral vascular and congestive heart failure. Services include cardiothoracic surgery, interventional cardiology, and endovascular, arrhythmia management, advanced heart failure management, genetic and metabolic preventive therapy and cardiac MR/CT imaging. The Center’s mission is to provide the highest quality patient care while becoming a national leader in the use of innovative, cost-effective, preventive and curative surgical, interventional and medical management for patients with cardiovascular disease. For more information, visit http://www.fuquaheartcenter.org/ .

Piedmont Heart Institute

CONTACT: Nina Montanaro, +1-404-695-3372

Web site: http://www.piedmontheartinstitute.org/http://www.fuquaheartcenter.org/