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For Immediate Release:
February 28, 2013

Southcoast Health System names Christopher Clyne, MD, Medical Director of Southcoast Cardiac Arrhythmia Services

Christopher Clyne, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS

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FALL RIVER, Mass. — Southcoast™ Health System has named Christopher Clyne, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS, as Medical Director of Southcoast Cardiac Arrhythmia Services. In his new role, Dr. Clyne will lead Southcoast Health System to become an independent regional arrhythmia program with expanded electrophysiology services for our patients.

Dr. Clyne received his medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical School in Syracuse, N.Y. He completed his internship and residency at New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Clyne completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and a second fellowship in electrophysiology at the New England Medical Center, Tufts University Medical School in Boston.

Dr. Clyne is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society. He was recognized as "Best Doctors in America-Cardiology" by US News and World Report in July 2011. Dr. Clyne is board certified in electrophysiology, cardiology and internal medicine. He brings to Southcoast extensive experience in arrhythmia ablation and pacemaker lead extraction and will expand the types of procedures that are available locally.

Dr. Clyne lives in Barrington, R.I., with his wife, Julia, and their two children.

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

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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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