A new chapter in interventional cardiology

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2023

In November of 2022, Glen Henry, MD, FACC, FSCAI, made the move southward from Yale University after 30 years as an educator and leader to become Georgia Heart Institute’s new Director of Interventional Cardiology and Cath Labs. During his time at Yale, Dr. Henry served as assistant professor of clinical medicine and Director of Complex Coronary Interventions. He was also named in Connecticut Magazine’s Top Doctors List.

“Georgia Heart Institute is a great place with wonderful patient care, the administration is incredibly supportive, and the goals of the institution are all in alignment with the physician goals and administrative goals,” said Dr. Henry. “We’re growing with new people, new ideas, new technologies, and new ways of taking care of patients. The ECCC certification and new tower that will open in 2025, complete with a helipad, all speak to the higher level of care we’re able to bring to our patients. It’s very exciting.”

Emergency Cardiac Care Center Designation: The First in the State

Hospitals with the proper medical staff, space, and equipment to reduce the number of death and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) events may receive ECCC designation in one of three levels: 

  • Level 1: Can perform open heart surgery and interventional cardiac catheterizations
  • Level 2: Can perform interventional cardiac catheterizations 
  • Level 3: Able to stabilize patients until they are transported to a Level 1 or Level 2 center.

In 2020, each Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) location received ECCC designation. NGMC Gainesville received Level 1 designation; NGMC Braselton received Level 2 designation; and NGMC Barrow and NGMC Lumpkin both received Level 3 designation. 

“Receiving the ECCC designation is such a tremendous accomplishment for our team,” says Kody Savage, Northeast Georgia Health Systems (NGHS) regional STEMI coordinator. “But this achievement extends far beyond the walls of our system – connecting first responders, emergency departments, and cardiologists throughout the region to ensure each patient receives the level of care they need.”

To have all three ECCC designations associated with NGMC’s name means that all front-line staff from the techs to the surgeons are equipped and at-the-ready to provide exceptional emergency cardiac care in every stage of a patient’s experience when a major adverse cardiac event occurs. 

“This designation speaks volumes about the level of cardiac care NGHS provides,” says Dr. Henry. “Our continued dedication to excellent heart and vascular care – both routine and in emergent situations – is saving lives throughout our community and beyond.”

Looking Ahead

In 2025, NGMC Gainesville will open its newest patient tower, complete with a helipad on the rooftop.  Currently, NGMC has a helipad on hospital campus, but a very short ambulance ride is needed to bring patients to the cath labs, emergency department, or surgical floor. Once the new helipad is in place, this will decrease door-to-balloon time, a major life-saving benefit for patients. 

Learn More

For more information on the services provided and conditions treated by our Interventional Cardiology team, visit our Interventional Cardiology page or call Georgia Heart Institute at (770) 219-0950.

Read and explore the full Georgia Heart Institute’s 2023 Heart & Vascular Report for more clinical developments and highlights.