Kootenai Health buying Heart Clinics Northwest

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2011, 10:24 A.M.

Kootenai Health plans to buy Spokane-based Heart Clinics Northwest, the Coeur d’Alene-based medical center said today.

The acquisition will expand cardiac care in the region and enable residents to receive comprehensive cardiac care closer to home, community-owned Kootenai Health said in a news release.

“This relationship blends Kootenai Health’s strengths of quality, a positive culture and great value with the clinical excellence and breadth of services provided by Heart Clinics Northwest,” Jon Ness, CEO of Kootenai Health, said in prepared statement.

Kootenai Health will employ the physicians and staff of Heart Clinics Northwest, which has offices in Coeur d’Alene, Spokane and Sandpoint as well as satellite clinics throughout North Idaho, Eastern Washington and western Montana.

Heart Clinics Northwest will continue to provide services from its existing offices and satellite locations.

“Our physicians and staff are pleased to be joining Kootenai Health,” said Dr. Dean Hill, president of Heart Clinics Northwest, in a statement. “Kootenai’s dedication to excellent patient care mirrors our own commitment to providing our patients with personalized, comprehensive cardiovascular care.”

Kootenai Health said the acquisition sets the stage for further growth of its cardiac services. Plans for expanding cardiac facilities, including the addition of electrophysiology services, are already underway.

Ness also said patients in Spokane and Eastern Washington will continue to see their physicians in Spokane. “We will also be expanding services in northern Idaho to meet the region’s growing need for cardiovascular services,” he said.

Heart Clinics Northwest employs 150 people, including 24 physicians.

Kootenai Health employs 1,800 people and has 317 physicians on staff.

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