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Piedmont Heart Institute Welcomes Cardiology of Georgia
Date:4/1/2008

ATLANTA, April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Piedmont Heart Institute (PHI) expands its expertise with the addition of the 20-member cardiovascular physician practice, Cardiology of Georgia, P.C. (COG), through a formal agreement with Piedmont Healthcare effective April 1, 2008. With eight locations including Buckhead, Canton, Fayetteville and North Fulton, COG will become a new group practice under the Piedmont Heart Institute and an important addition to PHI as it continues to propel new programs in cardiovascular research, education and excellence in prevention, arrhythmias, coronary and vascular intervention, stroke and cardiac imaging.

"Cardiology of Georgia has been an integral part of the history and foundation of cardiovascular care at Piedmont for more than 30 years," said Michele M. Molden, President and CEO of the Piedmont Heart Institute. "COG will continue to serve our communities with clinical expertise and now, with involvement in the leadership and direction of the Piedmont Heart Institute."

The Piedmont Heart Institute (PHI) is the first of its kind affiliated with a community hospital system in greater Atlanta. It brings prominent cardiovascular physician groups together with one of the premier cardiac centers in the region. In fact, Piedmont Hospital was recently named Best in Atlanta for Overall Cardiac Care and Cardiac Surgery (2008) by HealthGrades(R), the leading healthcare ratings organization.

Seeking greater alignment of the physicians and our hospitals, the Piedmont Heart Institute has implemented a new care delivery model in Atlanta that eliminates the barriers to working more closely together and creates a platform where leadership is shared with enhanced care and services for the community. This fully integrated financial model will ultimately improve the patient experience, care efficiencies, quality and outcomes.

John W. Hurst Jr., M.D., managing partner of COG, said, "Piedmont has been home to us for more
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