WESTMINSTER — Beginning Friday, pediatric cardiology will be offered at Carroll County General Hospital as the result of an agreement with the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Dr. Joel Brenner, director of pediatric cardiology at the university medical center, will be one of three specialists available to evaluate and care for children who have cardiac problems or abnormalities.
In addition, two other pediatric cardiologists from the medical center, Drs. Richard Ringel and Janet Scheel, will see patients in Carroll County the second Friday of each month in the Billingslea Building, adjacent to the hospital.
The physicians will provide a wide range of services to diagnose and treat children who have heart problems, such as congenital disorders, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats),syncope (dizzy spells), or chest pain.
They also will perform cardiac testing for children, from new borns through adolescents. Studies will include EKG (electrocardiogram) recording and interpretation to measure the electrical output and rhythm of heart muscles.
Othertests to be conducted are echocardiographies, the use of sound wavesto evaluate cardiac structure and function; Holter Monitoring to track heart rhythms during extended periods of activity; and pulse oximetry, oxygen saturation tests which are important indicators of heart problems.
"This service hopefully will be the first of several newclinical programs jointly sponsored by the hospital and the medical center, to provide local access to specialties usually available onlyat teaching hospitals and in large metropolitan areas," said Linda Harder, CCGH vice president for marketing.
Dr. Michael Rosner, chief of pediatrics at CCGH, said that bringing pediatric cardiology here"dem
onstrates our commitment to providing the best medical care for the children in this community."
"This is a tremendous convenience for patients whose children have serious congenital heart problems," Rosner said. "It assures that state-of-the-art diagnostic and follow-up care is available in Carroll County."
Making more specialized services, like pediatric cardiology, accessible to areas outside Baltimore improves the overall health of the community, said Brenner,whose special expertise is fetal cardiology, the early diagnosis andtreatment of cardiac diseases in utero.
"Having specialists regularly available also assures continuity of care," he said. "The convenience for working parents is obvious. Instead of having to take a dayoff from work to drive into Baltimore for a doctor's appointment, they need only to spend a couple of hours in their home community. Thisis much more practical and convenient for everyone."
Brenner, whois also an associate professor at the UM Medical Center, is board certified in both pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. A graduate of the New York Medical College, he served his internship and residency programs at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. He also served a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Ringel, who is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric cardiology, and pediatric critical care medicine, received his medicaldegree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He served his internship and residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Scheel, a graduate of Georgetown University Medical School, completed her internship at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center and her residency at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
Appointments can be made by calling the Pediatric Cardiology Department at (410) 328-6666 or (800) 492-5538.