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Cardiology group joining Wellmont institute; Johnson City office to move

October 21st, 2011 10:47 am by Kate Prahlad

Tri-State Cardiology will join the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute as of Monday, a move that will add five cardiologists, one nurse practitioner and 35 staff members from Tri-State Cardiology to the heart institute.
On the merger date, the heart institute’s Johnson City office at 316 Marketplace Blvd., Suite 20, will move to Tri-State’s building at 2428 Knob Creek Road.
The heart institute features 36 physicians, and other employees include 20 physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners and more than 250 staff members. The heart institute has nine offices. Wellmont Health System’s eight hospitals also fall under the heart institute umbrella.
Dr. Jerry Blackwell, the heart institute’s president, said this partnership with Tri-State Cardiology is a win-win for the two organizations and their patients.
“What’s so pleasing about this partnership with Tri-State Cardiology is the physicians and staff of that group share our values. They are community and medical staff leaders with impeccable credentials who considered this partnership solely through the prism of advancing and sustaining quality cardiovascular care,” Blackwell said. “This partnership strengthens both organizations and, most importantly, the region we serve.”
Tri-State Cardiology has offices in Johnson City, Greeneville and Erwin, and its main office offers a nuclear lab, a stress test lab, an echocardiogram lab and clinical research services.
The heart institute will have 11 offices as a result of the merger. There will be one office in Johnson City; Bristol; Kingsport; Rogersville; Erwin; Abingdon, Va.; Norton, Va.; Pennington Gap, Va.; and Marion, Va. The heart institute will have two offices in Greeneville.
“We have strived very hard to provide the highest-quality, most efficient cardiovascular care to our patients,” said Dr. Mark Chang, Tri-State Cardiology’s president. “This merger is perfectly consistent with our original mission statement, given the heart institute’s deep and demonstrated commitment to the same goal.”

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