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Walla Walla General Hospital Opens Cath Lab, Brings Experienced Cardiologist to Area

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Cath Lab Grand Opening and Meet & Greet Set for July 20

Walla Walla General Hospital has partnered with Northwest Cardiovascular Institute based in Portland, Ore., to enhance cardiac care in the Walla Walla Valley. Through this partnership, the group's founding cardiologist, Brad Titus, MD, will be located on the WWGH campus beginning in July 2011. In addition, the group's 12 other cardiologists will be available for consultations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, bringing their extensive cardiology experience to Walla Walla.

Dr. Titus is board-certified in interventional cardiology, cardiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He received his medical degree from University of Michigan School of Medicine and completed cardiology fellowships at the University of Washington Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. Dr. Titus is the founder and managing partner of Northwest Cardiovascular Institute, vice president of cardiac services at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, former cardiology chair at Legacy Portland Hospitals and former medical director of cardiac catheterization labs at Legacy Portland Hospitals. He is also a fellow with American College of Cardiology and principal investigator or co-investigator on nearly 40 scientific research studies. His practice focuses on coronary and peripheral artery disease and interventional cardiology. Dr. Titus will be available to consult with area physicians and to see patients in July.

Dr. Titus's arrival in Walla Walla coincides with the opening of WWGH's new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory. The high-tech lab provides rapid, accurate diagnostic tools to help determine the best course of care for a patient with cardiac symptoms. The unique Dual Plane Toshiba system works like two systems in one room, with independent flat panel detectors providing dedicated cardiac and vascular imaging for diagnostic and interventional procedures.

"Every year we send more than 100 patients with cardiac symptoms to hospitals outside our valley, causing additional stress for the patients and their families," says Monty Knittel, WWGH president and CEO. "Our emergency care for cardiac patients is among the best in the nation in terms of rapid diagnosis and timely provision of care. Being able to follow up with more advanced diagnostic procedures for those patients will allow for the best outcomes throughout their recovery."

The community is invited to tour the space and meet Dr. Brad Titus at a grand opening event on Wednesday, July 20, at 11 a.m. For more information call (509)-527-8302.