Last week was a historical milestone for the structural heart program at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin and Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital. On April 13th, a team led by Dr. Cherian Varghese and Dr. Zenoun Abouzelam completed the area’s first transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.
The Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin has partnered with Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin to provide greater cardiac care to the Fox Valley.
Starting in September of this year, HVI physicians began seeing cardiology patients at Ascension clinics in the Fox Valley area, with plans to expand to Ascension Mercy Hospital and Oshkosh-area clinics in January 2022.
The Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin is excited to announce the addition of five new care providers to our growing team – Dr. Agei Enoh, Dr. Ben Ciske, and Dr. Thomas Wilson, along with Hillary Briedel, APNP and Laura Butch, APNP.
As the largest cardiology practice in northeast Wisconsin, Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin now has 15 physicians and 10 Advance Practice Providers on staff.
This World Heart Day is unlike any other that has come before. Public health is front and center as countries around the world are facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the physical, emotional, and economic toll it has taken. More than a million lives have been lost to COVID-19 this year worldwide. As a comparison, an estimated 17.8 million people died from cardiovascular disease in 2017.
Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin is now offering telehealth visits.
This past week we began our movement to offer patients the option of having a telehealth visit instead of a face-to-face provider visit. These “virtual visits” allow us to provide safe, effective, and convenient care through common technologies such as smart phones.
If you’re a patient of the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin, you’re eligible to sign up for our free online Patient Portal. Signing up for the Patient Portal gives patients direct access to their medications, test results, and bill payments, as well as the ability to send a direct message to their cardiologist.
Updated September 26, 2022
CDC Update to COVID-19 Guidance
Recently, the CDC updated its COVID-19 guidance to help people better understand their risk of the virus and what actions to take if exposed or tested positive for COVID-19.
While COVID-19 continues to circulate globally, there are now many tools available to help us reduce its severity, along with significantly less risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death compared to earlier in the pandemic. As such, the CDC has dropped its universal masking guideline for healthcare workers after a long slowdown in COVID-19 hospitalizations and nursing home infections nationwide.
COVID-19 Policies for Patients and Employees
In support of the CDC’s latest update, Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin is loosening our mask requirements to a “Mask Optional” policy for patients and employees who have tested negative and aren’t experiencing COVID symptoms.
For patients who HAVE tested positive or are experiencing symptoms, the following rules will apply:
- CDC rules still apply in that if you test positive for COVID you must stay home for 5 days and wear an N95 mask for 5 days when you return. Please have courtesy and DO NOT come to work or your appointment sick.
- Patients will still be asked questions regarding if they have tested positive for COVID in the past 5 days. If they have, we will reschedule their visit.
- Patients may request that the HVI provider or employee who is delivering their care wear a mask during their office visit, diagnostic test, or procedure.
- Masks will still be available free of charge at the front desk for any patient who needs or would prefer to use one.
Last but not least, remember that we still have vulnerable patients (and employees) at HVI every day. We strongly encourage any immunocompromised patients and those with high-risk health conditions to continue wearing a mask, and we are trusting that you will respect their decision to do so.
ABOUT HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE OF WISCONSIN
With roots in Appleton since 1968, the physicians and providers of the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin deliver compassionate care at six locations throughout eastern Wisconsin by using advanced and innovative technologies to provide patients with state-of-the-art treatments.
Ribbon-cutting marks grand-opening of the new building for cardiovascular doctors in Grand Chute
APPLETON, Wis. (Apr. 3, 2019) – On Monday, April 1 a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the staff of the new Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin marked the grand opening of the practice, located at 5045 W. Grande Market Drive in Appleton.
Fifteen physicians and 60 staff members from the cardiovascular team at ThedaCare left the hospital to form a new independent practice and put the focus back on patient care. This marks the start of a new chapter and a new way for these physicians to serve the community.
“We’re so excited to be able to still serve the patients we know and love, just in a new facility with state-of-the-art equipment,” Dr. Carrie Chapman, cardiologist, said. “We’re proud to not only be offering care that is so technologically advanced, but it’s also affordable. We have preventative care services that start at $25.”
The official public open house is on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be the first chance the public will have to officially tour the building, meet the physicians, and see what the new Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin has to offer.