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Passionate Team of Experts Save Patient During Hurricane Irma

October 19, 2017

PCMC CATH LAB STAFF BLOG 10.19.17Billy Fowler woke up from a late nap feeling pressure on his chest and pain in his arms. He told his wife he didn’t feel well. “She told me to take a few aspirins,” Billy recalls, “But this didn’t help.”

A little while later, Billy looked over at his wife and told her, “You need to take me to the hospital.” Continue reading “Passionate Team of Experts Save Patient During Hurricane Irma” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

September 26, 2017

THOUGHTFUL TUESDAY CATH LAB“I have learned that champions aren’t just born; champions can be made when they embrace and commit to life-changing positive habits.” –Lewis Howes

Our cath lab staff are champions when it comes to meeting the highest industry standards. Thanks to their commitment to excellence, our AC Skinner and Palatka cath labs recently received reaccreditation for three years, which is the maximum reaccreditation period offered through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare.

Americans Forgoing Healthcare Due to Costs

July 13, 2017

iStock Healthcare Costs - font 2 blogEveryone wants to stay happy and healthy. However, rising healthcare costs may deter patients from seeking the care they need. According to a survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, 25% of Americans have neglected their medical care, or know someone who has, due to the costs. Furthermore, the same study found that 56% of Americans worry that they may not be able to afford quality healthcare.  Continue reading “Americans Forgoing Healthcare Due to Costs” »

Welcome Dr. Shahnaz Punjani

September 15, 2016

img_4398aWe are excited to welcome Dr. Shahnaz Punjani to the practice! She joins our endovascular fellowship program. As a fellow, she has chosen to spend a year advancing her skills in endovascular medicine, the art of fixing vascular blockages through catheter-based procedures. You’ll see her working at the FCCI Catheterization Lab as well as rounding in the hospital. Beyond this, she is possibly one of the kindest souls you’ll meet. Continue reading “Welcome Dr. Shahnaz Punjani” »

2014: A Year of Growth

December 30, 2014

2014 was full of big milestones at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute. We continued to develop groundbreaking specialties, grow our team, and serve thousands of patients in Northeast Florida. Read about our biggest accomplishments below.

moussaThe first Chief Medical Officer outside of the hospital setting:
Issam Moussa, MD joined the team as FCCI’s first Chief Medical Officer. While the majority of Dr. Moussa’s time is spent seeing patients, he is also instrumental in developing educational programs for both physicians and patients. He will be working closely with the staff at FCCI on quality initiatives and improving the patient experience.

Continue reading “2014: A Year of Growth” »

Providing Outstanding Care At Lower Out Of Pocket Costs

July 9, 2013

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A recovering economy and skyrocketing healthcare costs present a challenge for patients and providers alike, but while others are still scrambling for a solution, First Coast Cardiovascular Institute is already treating patients at lower out-of-pocket costs.

“High quality care doesn’t always have to equal high cost,” says FCCI president, Yazan Khatib, MD. As an independent practice, FCCI performs a full spectrum of outpatient cardiovascular services at half the cost or less over facilities that are owned or operated by a hospital. FCCI patients receive top-quality care in a fully accredited, state-of-the-art facility at a fraction of the cost.

Backed By Experience

Since FCCI opened its catheterization lab in 2007, their highly-trained medical professionals performed over 10,000 outpatient cardiovascular diagnostic and stent procedures.

The FCCI catheterization lab was designed with safety and convenience in mind. Dr. Khatib says the true focus is on patient care. “A facility is just a facility. What matters is the team that operates it. The entire FCCI staff is aligned on one goal – making sure our patients are served in a knowledgeable, compassionate manner and every little need is met.”
The vast majority of patients who undergo outpatient treatment at FCCI return home the same day, and although no procedure is without risk.

Quality Over Cost

As one of the first three physicians in the U.S. to implant drug eluting stents, Dr. Khatib says, at FCCI, the innovative stents were used in 57 percent of procedures, even before their full cost was covered by insurance or Medicare. In each of these cases, the facility absorbed the additional cost.

First Coast Cardiovascular Institute is driven by the expectation that the patient comes first. Every patient receives the outstanding, cost-effective cardiovascular care they deserve.

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