The doors are open, and patients are being seen at the new Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center on Railroad Avenue in downtown Elkins. Since 1994, Mon Health has been seeing patients in Randolph County and the surrounding areas, and this new facility offers some brand new services.
Mon Health broke ground in November for its new heart and vascular clinic. The 8,000-square-foot building houses 13 exam rooms, diagnostic testing, and most notably, cardiac rehabilitation services.
“Cardiac rehab is more negligent before and actually, it reduces the future heart attacks, heart failure, and this is—the reason is you see an age is more about cardiac rehab. It’s more preventative and a long-time care,” said Mon Health Physician Dr. Kishore Bingi.
The facility offers doctors a hub for residents living in rural counties by making services more convenient and easily accessible. The goal is to offer education, establish preventative practices, and better serve patients.
“Patient prevention is our goal,” said Physician Assistant Suzanne Brown.
“We can do a lot of the patient teaching, and we’re also served by doctors five days a week that rotate down from Mon Health. They will be with an established physician, as well as a midlevel provider.”
“We want to continue merging a community here and get more involved in the community care,” continued Dr. Bingi.
“You just treat the heart disease, just put a standard bypass, and then you don’t see them afterward. If you come to a rural population then you will say, ‘Okay, what do we have to deal with to prevent the future heart attacks?’”
Officials said the facility will begin offering rehabilitation services within the next few weeks and will be able to offer nuclear cardiovascular testing within a few months.
Officials said this new facility is one small spot in a larger objective to offer more health care services in rural West Virginia.