Lincoln cardiologists are back at the heart hospital

Nearly three years after their privileges were suspended, a group of Lincoln cardiologists are being welcomed back into the city’s specialty cardiology hospital.

CHI Health announced Wednesday that physicians at Pioneer Heart Institute now have the privilege of performing procedures at CHI Health Nebraska Heart.

Pioneer, which has 17 doctors, was formed in 2018 by a group of cardiologists who were previously based at the heart hospital.

The split was described as amicable at the time, and the doctors continued to have privileges at Nebraska Heart for the next 18 months.

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But in January 2020, doctors lost their privileges after what CHI Health described as an “exclusive agreement” with its own doctors to provide cardiac services at the hospital, which management said was the norm before the departure of the Pioneer doctors.

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It’s unclear what has changed, although the heart hospital is now under new management, with Dr. Rick Thompson taking over as president this summer.

“As a specialty cardiac hospital with more than four decades of patient and family care, CHI Health Nebraska Heart ensures patient access to quality care, superior outcomes, and a place where patients always go. first,” Thompson said in a press release. will now offer more patients the choice to receive this exceptional care close to home.

Dr. Douglas Netz, a Pioneer Heart cardiologist, said in the statement that he and his colleagues “look forward to collaborating with CHI Health Nebraska Heart.”

“Providers and staff at Pioneer Heart Institute have eagerly awaited the opportunity to provide more comprehensive cardiology care options to patients in the Lincoln area,” Netz said.

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