Outpatient heart center opening tomorrow

Maryland Watch

September 25, 1996

Johns Hopkins Medicine and Howard County General Hospital will open an outpatient cardiac catheterization center tomorrow on the campus of Howard County General.

Called Central Maryland Heart Center Inc., the facility will be a joint venture of Hopkins and Howard County General, staffed by eight cardiologists from Howard County General and three from Hopkins.

It is housed in a modular unit until a new facility can be completed next year.

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure in which a thin tube is inserted into an artery to inject dye into the patient's heart, to locate blockages and other problems. It has not previously been available in Howard County; patients generally have had to go to Baltimore or Washington for the procedure.

Hopkins has been building ties with suburban physicians as part of its managed-care network, and John D. Stobo, chairman and CEO of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, said, "The joint venture gives Hopkins a significant presence in the Howard County and Washington corridor."

Dr. Lowell Maughan, director of cardiac catheterization at Hopkins, is medical director of the new center.

Pub Date: 9/25/96

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