Waukesha-based ProHealth Care and Madison-based UW Health have expanded their partnership to include heart and vascular care, the health systems announced.
[caption id="attachment_370584" align="alignright" width="395"] UW Health Heart & Vascular Center at ProHealth Care in Waukesha.[/caption]
The two systems have signed a clinical co-management agreement, under which ProHealth Care and UW Health will work together “to enhance the quality and breadth of heart and vascular services offered at ProHealth's hospitals and clinics,” the systems said. UW Health will provide medical and administrative oversight for the program.
As part of the partnership, ProHealth Care’s new heart and vascular center on the Waukesha Memorial Hospital campus will be named the UW Health Heart & Vascular Center at ProHealth Care.
The two systems’ existing cancer partnership began in 2015 and includes the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care in Pewaukee.
"Working with UW Health, we will take our program to a new level of excellence," said Susan Edwards, chief executive officer of ProHealth Care. "This partnership will provide important benefits for our patients."
The UW Health Heart & Vascular Center, a 37,000-square foot outpatient facility located on the northwest side of the Waukesha hospital, brings together in one location all of ProHealth Care's outpatient heart and vascular services.
ProHealth has more than 300 professionals on its heart and vascular team, including cardiologists, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, electrophysiologists, interventional radiologists, cardiac rehabilitation experts and specialized nurses.
The systems said UW Health has a leading academic heart and vascular programs, offering care for the sickest of patients, including those requiring ventricular assist devices and heart transplants.
“We share with ProHealth Care an intense focus on improving the quality of care, and we are excited to begin this new partnership,” said Dr. Alan Kaplan, chief executive officer of UW Health. “Our cancer care relationship has demonstrated what we can achieve together.”
Two of ProHealth Care’s cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr. Art Coffey and Dr. Mark Stout, are clinical professors of surgery at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and have part-time clinical practices in Madison.