Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) is proud to announce the opening of the regional healthcare leader’s newest specialty practice, TMH Physician Partners, Services by Southern Medical Group – Heart Rhythm Clinic. As North Florida’s first and only heart rhythm clinic of its kind, the outpatient practice expands TMH’s capacity to care for patients with arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) and offers individuals in North Florida and South Georgia increased access to the area’s highest level of comprehensive heart rhythm care.
Located at 2100 Centerville Road, near the intersection of Centerville Road and Blair Stone Road, the Heart Rhythm Clinic is an unprecedented expansion to the Big Bend’s longest-standing, largest and most advanced electrophysiology program, now dubbed the Tallahassee Memorial Heart Rhythm Program. Its establishment plays a strategic role in the continuous growth of the Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center and is a long-term investment in improving the cardiovascular health of patients across the Southeast.
“The North Florida and South Georgia regions experience some of the highest rates of heart disease in their respective states, and in the country,” shared Mark O’Bryant, President & CEO of TMH. “As an organization, it is our vision to elevate the standards of healthcare practice, quality and innovation in this area. Opening the Heart Rhythm Clinic further advances TMH as the region’s most comprehensive center for cardiovascular services and strengthens Tallahassee’s reputation as a recognized leader in heart and vascular care in Florida and across our nation.”
Led by TMH’s four electrophysiologists, Venkata Bavikati, MD, MPH; Marilyn Cox, MD, FACC; Farhat Khairallah, MD, FACC, FHRS; and Gadi Silberman, MD, and TMH Physician Partners Administrator, Lennie Ellis, the Heart Rhythm Clinic specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment of arrhythmias. The most common of these heart rhythm conditions include tachycardia (fast heartbeat), bradycardia (slow heartbeat) and atrial fibrillation (AFib). The clinic is supported by a highly skilled team of 35 colleagues, including practice and clinical administrators, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and physician and medical assistants.
“Arrhythmias are one of the leading causes of heart disease deaths, and the number of people living with disorders caused by abnormal heart rhythms continues to rise,” said Dr. Gadi Silberman, electrophysiologist at TMH. “The Heart Rhythm Clinic is equipped with the most cutting-edge equipment available for monitoring and managing heart rhythm disorders. Early detection and management decrease patients’ risk factors for stroke, heart failure and additional heart rhythm problems.”
The Heart Rhythm Clinic is outfitted with 30 patient exam rooms, more than double the program’s former outpatient capacity, and nine device rooms, where electrophysiologists routinely monitor and care for patients with implantable devices, such as pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators and loop recorders, that work to stabilize irregular heartbeats.
The Heart Rhythm Clinic is the latest addition to the Heart & Vascular Center’s Heart Rhythm Program, which TMH launched in 1996 with founding physician, Dr. Marilyn Cox. Since the program’s inception, TMH has continually invested in its enhancement to offer patients the most innovative technology in the field. The Heart Rhythm Clinic is complemented by the Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center’s Electrophysiology Lab (EP Lab), located within the Main Hospital. Utilized for minimally-invasive procedures, the EP Lab is equipped with advanced X-ray, 3-D mapping and recording technology that gives physicians the ability to receive real-time, high-definition views of the heart and arteries.
“It’s been a privilege to be a part of this program’s incredible growth over the course of nearly 25 years,” shared Dr. Marilyn Cox, electrophysiologist at TMH. “Our goal has always been to provide patients throughout North Florida and South Georgia the best modern medicine has to offer, right in their backyards. We’re able to diagnose their conditions earlier, provide specialized treatments sooner and give them the opportunity to recover and heal close to home with their loved ones, all of which lead to better outcomes.”
To learn more about TMH Physician Partners, Services by Southern Medical Group – Heart Rhythm Clinic, please call the practice at 850-216-0100. Learn more about the comprehensive cardiovascular services offered at the Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center.