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For Immediate Release:
February 28, 2013


Southcoast Health System names Mitchel Sklar, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Director of the Charlton Memorial Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory


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Mitchel Sklar, MD, FACC, FSCAI


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FALL RIVER, Mass. — Southcoast™ Health System has appointed Mitchel Sklar, MD, FACC, FSCAI, as Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Charlton Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Sklar is a cardiologist with Southcoast Physicians Group. In his new role, Dr. Sklar will provide leadership to the cardiac catheterization laboratory and interventional radiology suite (peripheral vascular) at Charlton while continuing to maintain his clinical duties.

Dr. Sklar has extensive experience in coronary and peripheral vascular intervention. He earned his doctor of medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he also completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship. He completed his advanced coronary interventions fellowship at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, Calif. He subsequently completed training at Massachusetts General Hospital in the treatment and management of peripheral vascular disease.

Dr. Sklar is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, and a member of the Society of Vascular Medicine. He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He is board certified in interventional cardiology, cardiology and internal medicine.

Dr. Sklar sees patients at his office located at Cardiovascular Associates of Rhode Island, 1076 North Main Street in Providence, R.I.

Dr. Sklar lives in Providence, R.I., with his wife and daughter.

Southcoast Cardiovascular Services

Southcoast Cardiovascular Services provides a broad spectrum of cardiovascular services locally, including open heart procedures, cardiac catheterizations, coronary angioplasty and cardiac implantable devices. Southcoast performs more cardiac catheterizations than any other community hospital system in Massachusetts, with approximately 60 percent of patients needing advanced treatment such as coronary artery bypass or angioplasty. Southcoast's state-of-the-art Electrophysiology Laboratories at Charlton Memorial Hospital provides diagnostic testing for cardiac arrhythmias as well as invasive electrophysiology procedures such as arrhythmia ablations.

Southcoast's heart program continues to grow with an astounding 24 area cardiologists joining Southcoast Physicians Group in the past two years.

"Our number one priority is to provide well-coordinated, high-quality care to all of our patients," said Margaret Ferrell, MD, Physician-in-Chief of Cardiovascular Services for Southcoast Health System. "The success of the Southcoast heart program is credited to the highly skilled team of cardiologists, surgeons and health care professionals at our three hospital sites. It is their 24 hours, 7 days a week dedication and the commitment by Southcoast to invest in the latest technology, equipment and state-of-the-art facilities that enables us to rank among the best in the country."

Southcoast performed the first open heart surgery in Southeastern Massachusetts in April 2002, bringing the lifesaving procedure to a region with the state's highest incidence of heart disease. Southcoast was the first of three community hospitals approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to offer open heart surgery and elective coronary angioplasty at its Charlton Memorial Hospital site in Fall River.

Southcoast's cardiac surgery program has brought unprecedented access to advanced cardiac services to the region and has received exemplary reviews and outstanding patient satisfaction since its inception including ranking as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for heart care by Healthgrades®, the nation's leading, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings. Healthgrades awarded Southcoast its Specialty Excellence Award for Overall Cardiac Services, Cardiac Surgery and Coronary Interventional Procedures.

"The Healthgrades rankings are an exceptional accomplishment for our cardiac program and a testament to our physicians, surgeons, nurses and health care providers who are saving lives every day," said Laurie Mulgrew, Vice President of Clinical Services for Cardiovascular Care & Imaging for Southcoast Health System. "Patients who receive their cardiac care at a Southcoast hospital can rest assured they are receiving their care at one of the top heart hospitals in the U.S."

The 14th Annual Healthgrades Hospital Quality in America Study analyzes tens of millions of patients' outcomes — specifically, mortality and complication rates — at the nation's 5,000 hospitals. Healthgrades' 2012 clinical achievements for Southcoast Hospitals included being a recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ for six years in a row and a recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™.

For a complete listing of Southcoast Hospitals' Healthgrades rankings visit www.healthgrades.com.


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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

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