Affinity Medical Group, Aurora Health Care partner to provide cardiology services in Oshkosh
01 / 27 / 2010
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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OSHKOSH, Wis. - Affinity Medical Group and Aurora Health Care have formed a partnership to provide cardiology services in the Oshkosh area. Beginning Feb. 1, 2010, Affinity Medical Group cardiologists Issam Al-Bitar, MD, Mamoun Al-Nouri, MD, and Donald Brescia, MD, will also see patients at Aurora Health Center and Aurora Medical Center, both in Oshkosh.
“This is a really exciting collaboration for us,” said Tim Loch, chief operating officer, Affinity Medical Group. “Both health systems have focused on providing the right coverage level for the Oshkosh community. We have built a partnership to ensure that patients in Oshkosh will be provided with the highest quality of cardiac care at Mercy Medical Center and Aurora Heath Care. Our providers have been seeing patients at Mercy Medical Center for many years and are eager to provide care to Aurora’s patients as well.”
“These physicians have an excellent reputation in the Oshkosh community,” said Robert Devermann, MD, vice president of medical operations for Aurora Health Care. “We’re pleased to be able to partner together to ensure the right amount of cardiac services to the community of this size.”
The Affinity cardiologists will work with Aurora’s current cardiac team. Drs. Al-Bitar, Al-Nouri and Brescia join Aurora Health Care current electrophysiologists. This will ensure inpatient coverage around the clock at both hospitals.
The Affinity Medical Group cardiologists will continue to see patients at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.