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Look for Heart Health features on gazette.com/heart throughout American Heart Month, sponsored by Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.

After nearly 50 years of caring for local hearts, Colorado Springs Cardiology is a staple in the local healthcare community and one of the most experienced cardiology clinics in southern Colorado.

Colorado Springs Cardiology has 31 medical providers – including physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners – who serve at both Penrose and St. Francis hospitals. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is part of the Centura Health Heart and Vascular Network, the region’s leading provider of cardiovascular care.

“We’ve seen this town grow up and have a close, long-standing relationship with many of our patients as well as Penrose-St. Francis,” said Practice Administrator Wess Chambers. Colorado Springs Cardiology also actively supports the local chapter of the American Heart Association and maintains excellent referring relationships with clinics at local military bases, including Fort Carson.

“Our goal has been to take care of anyone who’d like to be seen by us, and that has fueled our growth,” Chambers said. The practice has added five physicians to its roster in the past 18 months and doesn’t plan to slow down. “We will be adding two more physicians in the next six months, so we’re growing with the community.”

The longest-continuing operating cardiology clinic in town, Colorado Springs Cardiology remains connected to its roots with weekly cardiology conference meetings at Penrose Hospital, attended by both current and retired, founding cardiologists. “Every Monday morning at 7:15 the physicians get together and present different cardiology topics and review interesting cases,” Chambers said. “The experience in the room is invaluable.”

Chambers has also been impressed with the leadership at Penrose-St. Francis throughout the practice’s partnership. “It’s a marvelous working relationship in which the physicians and hospital leadership combine visions to help keep the community healthy,” he said. Penrose-St. Francis has invested in Colorado Springs Cardiology by providing cutting edge technical equipment like nuclear cameras and echocardiogram machines, as well as a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room at Penrose Hospital. “This partnership ensures we get things done – we’re all pulling on the rope in the same direction,” Chambers said.

As for his staff members, Chambers is proud of their willingness to go the extra mile. “With the many moving parts of today’s healthcare system, our people make sure no one is left behind,” he said. “They’re well educated and experienced, but just as importantly, they genuinely care about each person who comes to us for care.”

 

Pikes Peak Newspapers, Editor

Hannah Blick has lived in the Pikes Peak region for six years. She studied journalism at Kansas State University and enjoys biking, skiing and hiking in the Rockies.

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