Kootenai | Kootenai Health | Issue 1, 2024

New spaces, new faces More square footage equipped with the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies is one component of the new Heart Center. The world-class providers it has attracted is another. “I’m a heart electrician,” said electrophysiologist Ronald Jones, M.D., of Kootenai Heart Clinics. Dr. Jones is a Stanford University and San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) fellowship-trained physician. He came to Kootenai Health in 2023 and joined a long list of providers with impressive backgrounds. Regardless of where they came from, they all have the same vision looking forward: to provide the best cardiac care to the region. “When I was interviewing at hospitals, I was looking for a place where I would be able to practice full-spectrum electrophysiology,” Dr. Jones said. “I saw Kootenai Health as an opportunity to be a partner in helping build the program alongside my incredible colleagues.” Dr. Jones said the expansion definitely played a role in his decision to join Kootenai Heart Clinics. “Kootenai is committed to patient care, and that means being committed to having the best technology and equipment,” said Dr. Jones. “I know I am able to give my patients the best possible outcomes because of that.” Building on excellence More space and more providers—and soon more services—are building upon an already impressive program. In the last year alone, Kootenai Health has been recognized as a Level I STEMI (heart attacks in which the coronary artery is completely blocked) Center of Excellence by the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency System, as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery by Healthgrades and as one of the 10 best hospitals in the country for reducing heart attack readmissions by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In short, if you come to Kootenai Health for heart care, you are in great hands. “The Heart Center expansion is a testament to Kootenai Health’s commitment to excellence,” said Dr. Wallace. “It aims to meet the increasing demand for specialized cardiac care while integrating the latest advancements in technology and medical expertise.” KH.ORG 7