Veteran Paducah cardiologist takes the helm as medical director of the new Baptist Heart Center opening this summer.
Western Baptist Hospital has named Patrick Withrow, M.D., medical director of its new Baptist Heart Center, scheduled to open this summer.
Dr. Withrow, a board-certified interventional cardiologist previously with the Heart Group in Paducah, has been on staff at Western Baptist since 1981. Hospital president and CEO Larry Barton said Withrow brings a unique perspective to the position.
“For 25 years, Dr. Withrow has provided exceptional cardiac care to many patients in our region,” comments Barton. “He knows first-hand the impact the new Heart Center will have in the community, and we are confident he is the leader we need to facilitate its growth and development.”
Paducah Bank Senior Vice President Carla Berry seconds that emotion from both a personal and a professional standpoint. “I have known Dr. Withrow for many years and he and his capable partners have attended to my heart health for many years as well. I have also worked with Pat and his practice from a professional standpoint. It’s a pleasure to work with medical professionals with such high standards of patient care and who also exhibit such strong involvement in our community. They are examples of how mutually aligned we at Paducah Bank are with so many of our banking associates.”
Dr. Withrow says his priorities will be patient education, physician recruitment and service development.
“First, we want to educate the community on heart disease—its symptoms, risk factors and treatment,” says Dr. Withrow. “And we want people to know that when they need cardiac care, advanced technology is available right here at Western Baptist’s new Heart Center without having to travel hours away to larger cities.”
In fact, Dr. Withrow says Baptist’s physicians have trained doctors as far away as Louisville, St. Louis and Nashville in cardiac procedures, including closure of the “hole in the heart” condition.
Dr. Withrow said the center will recruit more heart specialists. “We will actively seek trained, qualified physicians to join the stellar team already in place here at Western Baptist,” he adds. “Research shows that heart disease continues to be the nation’s number one killer among both men and women, so we need more specialists to bring leading technology home to our community.”
As new technologies and procedures emerge, Dr. Withrow feels integrating them into the new Heart Center is important.
“We have the ability to stay on the leading edge of heart disease,” he believes, “by providing physicians and medical staff with a technologically-advanced facility capable of expanding to meet the needs of evolving cardiac care.”
Evolution is a commonality between Dr. Withrow’s purview of the future of cardiac care in Paducah and Paducah Bank’s own expansion in downtown Paducah. “It’s an exciting time to be a part of this great city,” Dr. Withrow adds. “Western Baptist Hospital has been a leader in building a regional hub for healthcare in this part of the state. And Paducah Bank has long been a leader in creating and maintaining a viable financial institution in the heart of our community.”
The $20 million, 79,000-squarefoot heart center at Western Baptist has been strategically designed to provide immediate access from the Emergency department, where many cardiac problems are first diagnosed in the Chest Pain Center. The Heart Center will have two levels and a helicopter pad on the rooftop.
The first floor will house all non-surgical procedures, including cardiac cath labs, echocardiology, nuclear cardiology and stresstesting facilities. The Cardiac Rehabilitation department will relocate to the first level. The second level will feature an auditorium for physician seminars and events.
Dr. Withrow, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1976 and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Alabama in 1979 and 1981, respectively.
Western Baptist Hospital pioneered open-heart surgery in the region in 1985 and now performs more surgeries, heart catheterizations, angioplasties and pacemakers than any other hospital in the area.