Cardiac Partners A recent agreement between Inspira Health and Cooper University Health Care gives patients in the South Jersey region access to coordinated and comprehensive cardiac services. Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira integrates cardiac services from both organizations, providing patients with access to more cardiac specialists, more locations to receive care and more treatment options. “Cooper and Inspira both provide excellent service for patients with cardiovascular disease,’’ said Kurt W. Kaulback, M.D., F.A.C.C., medical director, Inspira Cardiovascular Services. “This aligning of services is beneficial to patients in both networks. Our goal is to achieve the triple aim — deliver a better patient experience in an efficient manner and, most importantly, improve patient outcomes.’’ “The integration of the two systems’ complementary heart services makes Cardiac Partners the largest cardiac program in South Jersey,” said Chad Bousanti, assistant vice president, Inspira Health’s Cardiovascular Services. “We have created a continuum of care from Camden County to Cape May County,’’ explained Kaulback, an interventional cardiologist. “No matter at which touch point a patient comes to us, all of the necessary clinical information is readily accessible and shared. This improves our ability to efficiently deliver timely cardiovascular services to residents of this very large region that we serve.’’ Both health networks have long provided high quality cardiac care and offer complementary services. Inspira’s Vineland and Woodbury hospitals provide life-saving emergency angioplasty and stenting for patients actively having a STEMI heart attack, but are not licensed to perform this procedure on a non-emergency, or elective, basis. Cooper University Health Care, a regional leader in complex heart surgery, is licensed to provide a full spectrum of coronary interventions, both in emergent and non-emergent situations. “We are thrilled to be part of this collaboration with Inspira. This ensures patients can stay in New Jersey for the most advanced, high-quality cardiac care, “said Phillip A. Koren, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., medical director, Cooper Heart Institute. Inspira also has exemplary multi-site cardiac rehabilitation services that patients can benefit from after undergoing surgery. With Cardiac Partners, patients have one number to call for scheduling all of the care they may need. Cardiac Partners even provides a nurse navigator to help make this process as easy as possible. Everything is connected now — all of the hospital-based cardiac services and locations. Sometimes people think they have to go to the big city to get that “big city” care. That level of care is provided in South Jersey, and now it is easier to access and coordinate than ever before. Under the new system, patients can select the cardiac physician of their choice from more than 65 physicians at both institutions. Patients have access to nurses who can answer their questions and help navigate them to the right care. “This will produce an efficiency that we haven’t seen before,’’ Kaulback said. “Over time, we expect to see that our patients are living longer and living better because of this association.’’ To learn more about Cardiac Partners, call 1-833-SJHEART (754-3278) or visit www.CardiacPartners.org.