Communities on Atlanta’s eastside that are served by Rockdale Medical Center are now part of a larger system of comprehensive healthcare as Piedmont Healthcare and Rockdale announce their agreement to form a clinical affiliation.
“Integration of physicians, hospitals and health systems is fundamental to enhancing quality of care and realizing efficiencies in today’s complicated healthcare environment,” said Rockdale Chief Executive Officer Deborah Armstrong. “Our new affiliation with Piedmont Healthcare will allow our organizations to combine our strengths to enhance quality, improve healthcare efficiency and coordination as well as offer comprehensive clinical services to more patients throughout the region.”
For the Rockdale County community and those in adjacent counties, the affiliation between Piedmont Healthcare and Rockdale Medical Center expands access to a wide range of Piedmont’s specialized services such as advanced cardiac surgery, organ transplants and brain tumor treatment.
As part of the affiliation, physicians from the Rockdale medical staff can apply for membership in the Piedmont Clinic.
Piedmont is also consulting with Rockdale Medical Center as the hospital makes interventional cardiology services available to the communities it serves.
Interventional cardiology can deliver proven, minimally-invasive treatments, such as balloon angioplasty and stenting, to quickly restore blood flow to the heart as well as stop progression of heart disease. Piedmont’s heart program has been named best in Atlanta for overall cardiac care, cardiac surgery and coronary intervention by HealthGrades for three consecutive years.