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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” »

Choose the Right Provider To Keep Healthcare Costs Low

January 28, 2015

As the economy recovers and healthcare costs continue to skyrocket, it can be challenging for patients to find affordable, high quality medical care. At First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, we are committed to treating patients at lower out-of-pocket costs with no compromise on quality. Here’s how we do it:  Continue reading “Choose the Right Provider To Keep Healthcare Costs Low” »

Collaborative Cardiovascular Care is The Key to Success at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute®

December 12, 2013


Your cardiovascular health is no longer a one-man show; these days it takes a village of subspecialties to keep your ticker ticking!

It used to be that the general practitioner took care of all our medical needs. That was more than 50 years ago. Since then, the revolution in cardiovascular medicine and technology has made it impossible for one cardiologist to handle all patients’ needs. Increasingly, doctors have had to further subspecialize in cardiovascular medicine.

Although cardiology is a relatively narrow field, advancements have swiftly progressed, furthering subspecialties in order for physicians to keep pace with medical innovation. Dr. Ali, Vice President at FCCI, summarizes the secrets for a successful practice in “the rule of 3 T’s”: Talent, Tenacity, and Tools. “We seek doctors with talent and tenacity to fight for the patients, and provide them with the best in cutting edge tools. This has worked extremely well for us and our patients for the past 10 years; It defines who we are.”

First Coast Cardiovascular Institute (FCCI) recognized early on the importance of this continuous transition and progress, in fact, the senior partners, Drs. Yazan Khatib, Vaqar Ali, Sumant Lamba and Youssef Al-Saghir, introduced many of those subspecialties to the larger tri-county area, Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Baker counties, even before they were acknowledged as additional subspecialties. “We were the first to introduce high-end endovascular medicine to the area, indeed we dedicated a division for it and I was assigned by the group the task of spearheading it,” says Dr. Khatib, the Institute’s President. Five years later, vascular medicine and endovascular medicine became recognized as separate branches of medicine, for which a specialty board examination was introduced. “I am proud that our doctors were among the first to credential for that prestigious board certification,” says Juzar Lokhandwala, M.D., Director of FCCI Operations in St. Johns County.

FCCI has added many board certified subspecialties to its practice creating an all-encompassing Institute for cardiovascular patients. These include: vascular and endovascular medicine, repairing vessels from head-to-toe through minimally invasive techniques without surgical wounds; electrophysiology, focusing on irregular heart beats, pacemakers and defibrillators; interventional cardiology, specializing in halting heart attacks using lifesaving stents; nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and vascular ultrasound, making up the basic tools with which doctors test patient’s heart and vessels; sleep medicine, analyzing the relationship between sleep and cardiovascular health; neurology, furthering the prevention and treatment of strokes; and research department, allowing patients access to tomorrow’s treatments today.

“We see the integration of 15 diverse board certifications and accredited services in one cohesive group as a proud milestone. We are also constantly collaborating with colleagues in other specialties for the betterment of overall healthcare in our beloved First Coast,” says Dr. Youssef Al-Saghir Director of Clay county FCCI operations.

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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