Indiana University Health to oversee ProHealth Care heart surgery program
ProHealth Care has reached an agreement to contract with Indiana University Health to oversee its heart surgery program.
IU Health performs more than 1,900 cardiothoracic surgeries a year and has one of the largest programs of its kind in the country, ProHealth said. Waukesha Memorial Hospital, part of ProHealth, does more than 400 cardiothoracic surgeries a year.
Last March, ProHealth and Columbia St. Mary's announced plans to develop a joint cardiothoracic surgery program that would be staffed and overseen by a medical center with a national reputation in the specialty.
The two health systems have strong competition from Aurora Health Care and Froedtert Health in heart surgery, historically one of the most profitable services offered by hospitals.
The competition intensified in recent years after Aurora opened hospitals near ProHealth's Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital and Columbia St. Mary's Hospital-Ozaukee in Mequon.
IU Health and ProHealth said they will work toward adding new services and treatment options at Waukesha Memorial.
"This is a big step forward for our heart care program and for our patients," Kooroush Saeian, medical director of cardiology for ProHealth, said in a statement.
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