WINSLOW, Ariz. - Lee Medical Practice now will provide interventional cardiology services to the Winslow area in partnership with Mountain Heart Cardiovascular Care Center of Flagstaff.
Lee Medical Practice has referred patients to Mountain Heart for years. Officials with both organizations say they decided to team up and provide what they consider a much-needed service to the Winslow area.
Ande Burke, outreach coordinator for Mountain Heart Cardiology, says this marks the first time a cardiologist has worked in a primary care office in the Winslow area. It will cut travel times and healthcare costs for patients.
"Our goal is to be there as often as the community needs it," said Burke.
Dr. James E. Carter Jr., interventional cardiologist and founding partner of Mountain Heart, will practice in Winslow twice a month at Lee Medical Practice along with registered dietitian Cailie Buckingham. Carter plans to visit once a week when needed.
The former medical director for Flagstaff Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation, Carter now oversees the Cardiac Conditioning and Wellness Center at Mountain Heart Cardiology.
"Dr. Carter really is a great person to be out in the Winslow community because of his wide array of specialties," Burke said. "Especially limb salvage, which is a true passion of his."
Carter trained at the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland and says he is passionate about helping patients with complex acute and chronic limb ischemia.
"Amputations are often performed prior to exhausting all options. Below the knee peripheral intervention requires skill, perseverance, patience and empathy," said Carter. "I truly believe patients suffering with advanced peripheral vascular disease need a team of specialists who take a collaborative, integrative approach to limb salvage."
Registered dietitians like Buckingham offer unique expertise as well. Buckingham is an expert in renal nutrition, weight management and obesity awareness, enteral nutrition (long-term feeding tube and nutritional support), gluten intolerance and celiac disease diet counseling, medication discontinuance, blood pressure management, healthy cholesterol intake, and pre-diabetes and diabetes management.
"It's really important for diabetic patients and Native American patients to receive this kind of education to know that this kind of service is available in their community to avoid amputation whenever possible," said Burke.
Lee Medical Clinic is at 102 East Third Street in Winslow and the phone number is (928) 289-3345. Mountain Heart Cardiovascular Care Center and Sleep Facility is at 2000 South Thompson Street in Flagstaff; the phone number is (928) 226-6400.