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January 2, 2001

Cardiomark Purchases Health Tech Enterprises

Cardiomark, LLC, a California-based company, purchases Health Tech Enterprises which manufactures two products: Pocket EKG and Pocket Angiogram. These products are heart identification cards that carry a patient’s pertinent medical information and sponsoring organization on one side; and the patient’s baseline EKG or view of their coronary anatomy on the other.

Cardiomark is the only company that focuses on clinical based marketing for cardiology through its products for the heart patient and its services for the organization.

About Cardiomark
Cardiomark LLC is a clinical based cardiovascular marketing firm providing hospitals, physicians and health systems with an innovative and clinical approach to business development, patient retention, patient loyalty and patient satisfaction. The consumer-focused programs are designed to build medical care partnerships between cardiovascular specific health care providers and patients with heart disease or at risk for heart disease.

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January 3, 2001
Redlands, CA

Pocket EKG Card Helps Patient on Vacation in Hawaii

Robert Morley of Redlands, California had triple bypass surgery in May of 1997. At a follow up visit with his cardiologist, he ordered a Pocket EKG Card. The Pocket EKG is a wallet size heart identification card that contains a patient’s medical information on the card front, and the patient’s baseline EKG on the card back.

In October of 1997, Mr. Morley and his wife went on a trip to the “Big Island” in Hawaii. During their visit, he began to have a “pesty pain” under his left armpit. It bothered him and felt like a cramp. He tried to get rid of this pain by soaking in a hot tub. This pain lasted 3 days. On the third night, at 2 am, he decided that the pain was moving towards his heart, and he felt he should do something about it. Mr. Morley had his wife take him to the local emergency room.

At the hospital, his wife brought out his Pocket EKG Card. The Emergency Room Physician compared the baseline EKG on the card to his current EKG while at the hospital. The physician told the Morleys that he was convinced that his “pain” was not associated with his heart since the two EKG’s were the same. (If there was a difference, that would indicate that there was a potential problem with his heart.) The physician also told Mr. Morley that he should “have a medal pinned onto him for having his baseline EKG with him.” The Pocket EKG Card saved him from being in the hospital for 2 or 3 days and having all kinds of tests.

Today, Mr. Morley continues to do well and remains busy working and travelling. In fact, during August 1999, the Morleys travelled to Scotland and Ireland to study their “roots,” a trip that was planned and interrupted by that heart surgery 2 years before. “I don’t let anything stop me for long,” comments Robert Morley.

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January 9, 2001

Cardiomark Incorporates Patient Satisfaction Survey in Pocket EKG Product Line

Cardiomark, LLC, a California based company, announces its first project involving the development of a patient satisfaction survey program to accompany the Pocket EKG Product.

When the Pocket EKG Card is mailed out to the patient following a physician office visit, the patient satisfaction survey is included. The patient completes and returns the survey to Cardiomark for processing.
This survey captures invaluable data from the patients on the quality of care they received at the physician office. The physician office receives their survey report each quarter.

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January 15, 2001

Cardiomark Announces the Release of the Pocket EKG Physician Loyalty Program for Cardiac Centers

Cardiomark LLC announces the launch of a new physician loyalty program for cardiac centers. This program centers around the Pocket EKG Card, a wallet size medical identification card that contains a patient’s medical history on the card front; and patient’s baseline electrocardiogram on the card back. These cards are provided to patients following a cardiovascular screening event put on by a hospital.

The physician loyalty program works as follows:

  • Patient makes appointment for their cardiovascular screening exam.

  • At appointment, various testing is done including taking the patient’s resting EKG.

  • Electrocardiogram is sent to Cardiomark.

  • Cardiomark makes Pocket EKG Card and sends out to patient with customized message including physician referral list.

  • Physician may follow up screening with a patient education talk (Cardiomark can provide slide lecture kit.)


This program is designed to be a cardiology practice enhancement tool that can be used by the hospital or health system to partner with and recruit patients for those physicians that support their organization.

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January 30, 2001

Cardiomark Announces the Release of the Pocket EKG Heart Month Promotional Campaign

Cardiomark LLC announces the launch of the Pocket EKG Heart Month Promotional Campaign. This program centers around the Pocket EKG Card, a wallet size medical identification card that contains a patient’s medical history on the card front; and patient’s baseline electrocardiogram on the card back. These cards are provided to patients following a “Heart Month” cardiovascular screening put on by the hospital.

The heart month promotional campaign works as follows:

  • Patient makes appointment for their cardiovascular screening exam.

  • At appointment, various testing is done including taking the patient’s resting EKG.

  • Electrocardiogram is sent to Cardiomark.

  • Cardiomark makes Pocket EKG Card and sends out to patient with customized message.

  • Physician may follow up screening with a patient education talk (Cardiomark can provide slide lecture kit.)


This program is designed to promote the hospital or health system to the community during heart month.

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January 30, 2001
Everett, WA

Providence Everett Medical Center Begins “Healthy Heart Exam”

Providence Everett Medical Center today announced the kickoff of the “Healthy Heart Exam.” This new cardiovascular screening is available to anyone in the community for $49 and includes the following tests:

  • Consultation with a cardiac rehabilitation specialist

  • Personal wellness and heart profile

  • Complete cholesterol analysis

  • Blood glucose test

  • Blood pressure and pulse check

  • Height and weight measurements

  • Resting EKG reading with results printed on a Pocket EKG wallet card


“The resting ECG and wallet card are like a photograph: the subject of the photo may never change, but if it does, you have a comparison,” Greg Lawson, MS, Center for Preventive Cardiology, Heart Institute at Providence Everett Medical Center.

About Providence Everett Medical Center
The Heart Institute at Providence Everett is one of the largest, most advanced heart programs in Washington. For three years in a row, they have been recognized with quality awards. Since 1970, The Heart Institute has been providing leading edge cardiovascular services to patients in Snohomish, Skagit, San Juan Island, and Whatcom Counties. The Institute has steadily grown to now performing over 630 open heart and 4,000 other heart-related procedures last year. They offer the total spectrum of services to treat your symptoms.

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February 10, 2001

Cardiomark Incorporates Patient Satisfaction Survey in Pocket Angiogram Product Line

Cardiomark LLC, a California based company, introduced two new patient satisfaction surveys for its Pocket Angiogram Product Line: cardiac surgery and cardiac cath lab.

The patient receives the survey in the mail when they receive their Pocket Angiogram Card. The surveys are returned to Cardiomark where the data is compiled and a report is sent to the organization each quarter.
These surveys capture invaluable data from the patients on the quality of care they received at each of these points of service.

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March 3, 2001
Johnstown, PA

UPMC Lee Regional Hospital Launches Pocket Angiogram Program

UPMC Lee Regional Hospital begins the Pocket Angiogram Program for patients in their cardiac surgery department.

Following cardiac surgery, the patient receives a Pocket Angiogram Card in the mail along with a patient satisfaction survey asking questions regarding their experience in the hospital. The surveys are returned to Cardiomark for processing and a quarterly report is sent out to the hospital. According to Steve Ruddek, PA, the hospital then uses the information from the survey reports to gain information and thereby better serve their patients.

About UPMC Lee Regional Hospital
UPMC Lee Regional has offered extensive cardiac services since 1974. The hospital was the first in the area to offer cardiac catheterizations and, since initiating the procedure, has performed more than 11,000. UPMC Lee Regional offers cardiac surgery, including angioplasty, open heart surgeries, valve replacements, stenting, and other diagnostic and surgical procedures.

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January 29, 2002
Urbana, IL

Carle Heart Center Plans to Include the Pocket EKG Card with their Heart Saver Program

Carle Heart Center today announced plans for including the Pocket EKG Card within their “Heart Saver” Program.

The Heart Saver Program is marketed to the community to promote cardiac wellness and includes the following tests:

  • Personal wellness and heart profile

  • Complete cholesterol analysis

  • Blood glucose testing

  • Blood pressure check and pulse check

  • Consultation with a cardiac educator

According to Pat Rupert, Outreach Coordinator for Carle Heart Center, this addition to the “heart saver” program allows the patient to have a clinical tool that can help prevent unnecessary hospitalization.

About Carle Heart Center
The Carle Heart Center is known for its full range of advanced cardiac services and its experienced surgeons and cardiac specialists from multiple disciplines including:

  • Cardiology

  • Nuclear cardiology

  • Electrophysiology

  • Cardiovascular and thoracic surgery

  • Emergency medicine

  • Pulmonary medicine

  • Cardiac rehabilitation

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January 2002
Tucson, AZ

Tucson Heart Hospital Combines the Pocket EKG Cardiac Screening Service with Convenient Cardiology Referral List

Tucson Heart Hospital is combining the Pocket EKG Cardiac Screening Service with a cardiology referral list. Their program works as follows:

  • Perform EKG on patient at cardiovascular screening.

  • Cardiologist interprets the EKG.

  • Electrocardiogram is sent to Cardiomark for processing.

  • Cardiomark makes Pocket EKG Card and sends out to patient with customized message including cardiologist referral list.

This program benefits all: patient, physician, and hospital.

About Tucson Heart Hospital
From Tucson’s leading cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons to the state-of-the-art medical technology, from the well-trained support staff to the very design of the hospital itself, the sole focus at Tucson Heart Hospital is providing the very best cardiac care in a patient-focused environment.

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January 29, 2002
Conway, SC

Conway Hospital Plans Community EKG Screening for February 20, 2002

Conway Hospital today announced plans for a community cardiac screening on February 20, 2002.

The screening will be open to the community and includes the following tests:

  • Resting EKG interpreted by a cardiologist

  • Pocket EKG Card

  • Blood pressure check and pulse check

  • Consultation with a cardiac educator

Cardiologist, Andrew Gresko, MD will be on hand to interpret the EKG’s and the screening will be done at his office. The charge for this screening is $25.
“It is through these types of community events that our hospital builds relations with both the patients and the physicians,” Julie Snowden, Professional and Public Relations, Conway Hospital.
About Conway Hospital
A private, non-profit institution, Conway Hospital’s new facilities opened in 1982. Today, more than 125 physicians make rounds among 160 comfortable, modern private rooms.

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February 1, 2002
Highpoint, NC

Carolina Regional Heart Center Begins New Cardiac Risk Factor Screening

Carolina Cardiology Associates now offers the Pocket EKG as part of their cardiac risk factor screening. This screening for $30.00 includes the following tests:

  • Cholesterol and glucose blood test

  • Blood pressure check

  • Body fat analysis

  • Risk factor assessment

  • Baseline EKG and Pocket EKG Card

“Our patients appreciate the clinical value of the card, and it becomes part of their baseline medical evaluation. We see the Pocket EKG Program as a means to help our patients and add value to those physicians who support our heart program,” Pete Turner, Director of Marketing, Carolina Regional Heart Center.

About Carolina Regional Heart Center
This heart center includes cardiology doctor’s offices and state-of-the-art cardiac diagnostic services in one location; admitting and registration for all in-patients and out-patients; cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation; and a medically supervised fitness center that is open seven days a week. In 2000, there were more than 4,600 procedures performed in the cardiac catheterization lab.

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February 2002
Branson, MO

St. John’s Health System/Hammons Heart Institute Plans Screening for Heart Month

St. John’s Health System and the Hammons Heart Institute is providing a cardiovascular screening for Heart Month. This screening is aimed at seniors in the Branson area and will include the following tests:

  • Resting EKG and a Pocket EKG Card

  • Personal wellness and heart profile

  • Complete cholesterol analysis

  • Blood glucose testing

  • Blood pressure check and pulse check

  • Consultation with a cardiac educator

Lisa Farmer with the planning and marketing department at St. John’s says the screening will run each week during Heart Month with patients calling in for an appointment. The cost of the screening is $29.00.
After the month long screening, all of the participants will be invited to a “heart health” luncheon where a cardiologist, Dr. Sharad Bansal, will talk about staying “heart healthy.”

About St. John’s Health System
St. John’s Regional Health Center is an 866-bed, not-for-profit, acute care facility with more than 3,500 employees. They operate as a dominant provider of health care in southwest Missouri and host a service area that also extends into northwest Arkansas. As a member of the Sisters of Mercy Health System, which is based in St. Louis, St. John’s Health System is dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate health care.

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March 2002
Branson, MO

St. John’s Health System Uses Pocket EKG Cardiac Screening Program in Developing their Cardiovascular Service Line

St. John’s Health System will be using the Pocket EKG/Cardiovascular Screening in promoting their cardiac services to three target groups: women, seniors, and employees. These screenings will include the following tests:

  • Resting EKG and a Pocket EKG Card

  • Personal wellness and heart profile

  • Complete cholesterol analysis

  • Blood glucose testing

  • Blood pressure check and pulse check

  • Consultation with a cardiac educator

St. John’s Health System will target these groups throughout the year to promote their cardiovascular service line.

About St. John’s Health System
St. John’s Regional Health Center is an 866-bed, not-for-profit, acute care facility with more than 3,500 employees. They operate as a dominant provider of health care in southwest Missouri and host a service area that also extends into northwest Arkansas. As a member of the Sisters of Mercy Health System, which is based in St. Louis, St. John’s Health System is dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate health care.

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July 14, 2002
Everett, WA

Healthy Heart Exam Can Be a Lifesaver

"I'm still surprised that so much was wrong with my heart." –June Mundell. June Mundell has one very good reason for recommending the Healthy Heart Exam to friends and family. It may have saved her life.

Mundell, 72, says she really had no idea her heart was in trouble. With the help of a local TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) group, she had shed 25 pounds through a walking and low-fat eating program and was feeling fit.
Mundell does recall occasional chest pain and shortness of breath as she walked the hills near her Snohomish home, but she attributed these symptoms to her age. Her blood pressure was normal; she considered herself healthy.

"I'm still surprised that so much was wrong with my heart," she says. "Apparently, most of the problem was congenital. I'd had a hole between the chambers for 72 years and never knew it."

Indeed, curiosity about her cholesterol levels was what prompted Mundell to go in for the Healthy Heart Exam at Providence Everett Medical Center. But her resting EKG reading, a standard component of the exam that records the electrical activity of the heart, came back with abnormal results. She took it to her physician right away.

A month later—after additional testing and follow up with her physician, cardiologist and cardiac surgeon—Mundell underwent extensive heart surgery that included five-bypasses, as well as repairs of her mitral valve and the congenital "hole" that was discovered between the two upper chambers of her heart. Her son, alarmed by the abrupt discovery of his mother's condition, scheduled his own Healthy Heart Exam while she still was in the hospital. Fortunately, his EKG was normal.

Now, less than four months after Mundell received her Healthy Heart Exam results, she is back to her walking program though she takes it a little slower than before. She keeps a supply of Healthy Heart Exam flyers to pass out to people she knows. "Fortunately, I didn't have a heart attack. It might have progressed, but I found out about its possibility before it could occur."

“The Pocket EKG Card from Cardiomark is the cornerstone of Providence Everett Medical Center’s Healthy Heart Exam which has proven to be our most successful screening program ever,” Teresa McGovern, Director of Marketing, Providence Everett Medical Center.

Take 30 for a Healthy Heart
The Healthy Heart Exam takes 30 minutes, does not require a referral from your physician, and costs just $49. You'll receive:

  • Consultation with a cardiac rehabilitation specialist

  • Personal wellness and heart profile

  • Complete cholesterol analysis

  • Blood glucose test

  • Blood pressure and pulse check

  • Height and weight measurements

  • Resting EKG reading with results printed on a Pocket EKG wallet card

About Providence Everett Medical Center
The Heart Institute at Providence Everett is one of the largest, most advanced heart programs in Washington. For three years in a row, they have been recognized with quality awards. Since 1970, The Heart Institute has been providing leading edge cardiovascular services to patients in Snohomish, Skagit, San Juan Island, and Whatcom Counties. The Institute has steadily grown to now performing over 630 open heart and 4,000 other heart-related procedures last year. They offer the total spectrum of services to treat your symptoms.

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September 4, 2002

Cardiomark Announces Corporate Partnership with Gateway Electronic Medical Management Systems

Cardiomark today announced a corporate partnership with GEMMS, Gateway Electronic Medical Management Systems. Through this alliance, cardiologists will now have the option of purchasing an electronic clinical information system (ECIS) that includes all the services of the Pocket EKG Marketing System.

Now, with “a click of a button” a patient can receive a Pocket EKG Card and the physician organization can have their patient satisfaction survey and business development service all in one.

GEMMS is the nation’s first organization to develop and market an electronic clinical information system (ECIS) for cardiology practices. The first ECIS system was installed in 1997 at Nasser, Smith & Pinkerton Cardiology in Indianapolis, with national product marketing and installations beginning in 1999.

Through ECIS, cardiology practices can integrate their clinical, fiscal and management information into one system and manage a standard of care throughout a group’s entire network.

“GEMMS always looks to offer flexibility to clients when implementing an ECIS system. By providing interfaces to various services such as Pocket EKG, ECIS becomes an even more effective practice management tool,” says Rodger P. Pinto, Chief Executive Officer, GEMMS. “Cardiomark’s Pocket EKG Program offers clients yet another way to get the right information, to the right people, at the right time, which is a hallmark of the GEMMS philosophy.”

“We are excited about this new alliance that is the perfect merging of technology, patient satisfaction, and marketing—specific to the needs of cardiologists,” Lori Keledjian, Clinical Marketing Specialist, Cardiomark.

About GEMMS
Gateway Electronic Medical Management Systems (GEMMS) is an Indianapolis-based firm that designs, implements and supports medical information solutions specifically created for cardiovascular specialty medical practices. GEMMS is the nation's first organization to develop and market an Electronic Clinical Information System (ECIS) for cardiology practices. Through ECIS, cardiology practices can integrate their clinical, fiscal and management information into one system and manage a standard of care throughout a group's entire network. Through this integration, practices can save time and money, facilitate faster decision making, analyze diagnostic testing results more efficiently, obtain greater access to information, process prescriptions more efficiently, and deliver enhanced patient care and health care solutions.

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September 4, 2002
Napa, CA

Queen of the Valley Hospital Launches Pocket Angiogram Program

Queen of the Valley Hospital begins the Pocket Angiogram Program in both their Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Cardiac Surgery Department.

Following a cardiac procedure, the patient receives a Pocket Angiogram Card in the mail along with a patient satisfaction survey asking questions regarding their experience in the hospital. The surveys are returned to Cardiomark for processing and a quarterly report is sent out to the hospital.
“This program is yet another way our organization shows its commitment to the cardiac health of our patients,” Marian Hannaford, Business Manager for Cardiology, Queen of the Valley Hospital.

About Queen of the Valley Hospital
Queen of the Valley Hospital is a Catholic, non-profit hospital sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. As part of St. Joseph Health System, the Queen is guided by four core values: Dignity, Service, Excellence and Justice. They live and advocate these values in every aspect of care at the Queen.

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October 7, 2002
Las Vegas, NV

Cardiovascular Consultants of Nevada Incorporates the Pocket EKG Patient Satisfaction Program into their Practice

Cardiovascular Consultants of Nevada (CCN) today announced that they are incorporating the Pocket EKG Patient Satisfaction Program into their practice. The Pocket EKG service is now part of their software that is used to manage patient care.

With this new “state of the art” software, CCN can both manage patient care, provide a Pocket EKG Card to the patient, and send out a patient satisfaction survey that can be used to monitor the patient’s experience within the physician office setting.

Gateway Electronic Medical Management Systems (GEMMS) is the manufacturer of the software used at CCN. GEMMS has partnered with Cardiomark to provide a complete software package to its customers that includes patient management as well as patient satisfaction.

About Cardiovascular Consultants of Nevada
The primary goal is to provide patients with state of the art cardiology care. Your cardiac care will be addressed at the highest level of quality, as quickly as possible and with the greatest concern for cost. Each physician in the group contributes unique skills, which allow us to meet your needs in any cardiac emergency.

About GEMMS
Gateway Electronic Medical Management Systems (GEMMS) is an Indianapolis-based firm that designs, implements and supports medical information solutions specifically created for cardiovascular specialty medical practices. GEMMS is the nation's first organization to develop and market an Electronic Clinical Information System (ECIS) for cardiology practices. Through ECIS, cardiology practices can integrate their clinical, fiscal and management information into one system and manage a standard of care throughout a group's entire network. Through this integration, practices can save time and money, facilitate faster decision making, analyze diagnostic testing results more efficiently, obtain greater access to information, process prescriptions more efficiently, and deliver enhanced patient care and health care solutions.

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November 21, 2002
Wooster, OH

Wooster Hospital Incorporates Pocket EKG in Cardiovascular Screenings

Wooster Hospital today announced plans for a cardiovascular screening service that will be available to the community.
According to Joel Chupp, Cardiovascular Service Manager, the screening will cost $150 and will include the following tests:
- ultrasound carotid screening
- Cholesterol, total, HDL, LDL, tryglycerides and sugar
- EKG and Pocket EKG Card
- Body Fat Analysis
- Cardiovascular disease risk analysis
- blood pressure

Clients are interviewed by an RN as the tests are being performed. EKG and carotid studies are interpreted by physicians. Clients are then brought back in a week or two and the nurse reviews results with the client, provides educational resources, and offers referral suggestions if necessary.

About Wooster Community Hospital
Our Mission at Wooster Community Hospital is to provide convenient, quality services to all people, to promote community wellness and to do so with compassion, dignity and respect for those we serve.

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December 16, 2002
Sacramento, CA

Sacramento Heart and Vascular Associates Implements Pocket EKG Program for Patients

Sacramento Heart and Vascular Medical Associates makes the Pocket EKG Card available to all of their patients as a value added service.

“The physicians see the value of a patient carrying their baseline EKG at all times. This card will be offered to all patients in our practice,” Gina Flaharty, RN, NP.

About Sacramento Heart and Vascular Medical Associates
Sacramento Heart and Vascular Medical Associates is a dedicated group of board certified specialists, committed to providing the finest quality cardiovascular care in northern California. An emphasis on excellence incorporates a state-of-the-art clinical practice, extensive clinical research, and broad based educational programs designed for physicians, patients, and the public at large.

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December 16, 2002
Orange, CA

Heart Center at St. Joseph Hospital Launches New Screening Program Designed to Save Lives. Leading Hospital’s New Pocket EKG Program First of Its Kind in Orange County

ORANGE, Calif., December 16, 2002 – The Heart Center at St. Joseph Hospital, a 462-bed, not-for-profit Catholic hospital, today announced the launch of a new, cardiac screening program – called Pocket EKG – designed to provide area residents with a quick, easy and cost-effective heart test that is the first of its kind in Orange County. The standard cost of an electrocardiogram (or EKG) is approximately $175, however for a limited time only, St. Joseph Hospital is offering this life-saving test through the Pocket EKG program for just $20.

“Coronary heart disease is the single leading cause of death in the United States,” said James Grimes, M.D., medical director of Cardiology for St. Joseph Hospital. “A key to combating this killer among Americans is to undergo regular cardiac screenings.”

An EKG is a non-invasive, painless exam used to determine whether a person’s heart rate and rhythm are normal or if heart damage has occurred. The test also can detect decreased blood flow, enlargement of the heart, or the presence of either current or past heart attacks. Once the test is complete, a graphic record is generated showing the heart's electrical impulses.

The first time a person has an EKG, the results become their baseline EKG that will then be used by physicians as a comparison for future cardiac testing. According to a study by the Journal of General Internal Medicine, there is a 54 percent reduction in unnecessary

St. Joseph Hospital Launches New Cardiac Screening Program
hospital admissions when physicians have access to a patients’ baseline EKG.

Using technology manufactured and distributed by Calif.-based Cardiomark, each patient that participates in the screening program will receive a Pocket EKG card, a wallet-sized heart identification card that includes a patient’s important medical information, as well as their baseline EKG.

“It is through programs such as Pocket EKG that St. Joseph Hospital continues to show its commitment to the cardiac health of the community,” continued Dr. Grimes. “Preventative testing can be such a large part of combating heart-related problems, so I am happy to be leading a program designed to provide information that can be used to identify and hopefully correct an ailment before it’s too late.”

For a limited time only, St. Joseph Hospital is offering Pocket EKG testing exclusively for just $20. Simply visit the hospital’s Heart Center, located in the Outpatient Pavilion at 1140 W. La Veta Avenue in Orange, Mondays or Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
For more information about St. Joseph Hospital’s Pocket EKG program, please call 800-794-DOCS (3627).

About St. Joseph Hospital
Founded in 1929, St. Joseph Hospital in Orange is a 462-bed, not-for-profit Catholic hospital dedicated to extending the healthcare ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. St. Joseph Hospital’s reputation for compassionate care and clinical excellence – as well as its highly recognized 1,000-member medical staff – has earned it the distinction of “most preferred hospital” in Orange County. St. Joseph Hospital’s dedication to setting healthcare quality standards extends beyond the walls of the hospital’s Orange campus. Through many outreach services, a free-standing medical and St. Joseph Hospital Launches New Cardiac Screening Program dental clinic, and mobile community clinics, St. Joseph Hospital meets the needs of the medically underserved. For additional information log-on to www.sjo.org or call St. Joseph Hospital at 714-771-8075.

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January 3, 2003

Providence St. Peter Hospital Launches Pocket EKG Program

Providence St. Peter Hospital today announced that they will offer Pocket EKG as part of a comprehensive cardiovascular screening program to the community for $49 which includes the following tests:
- Consultation with a cardiac rehabilitation specialist
- Personal wellness and heart profile
- Complete cholesterol analysis
- Blood glucose test
- Blood pressure and pulse check
- Height and weight measurements
- Resting EKG reading with results
- Pocket EKG Card

About Providence St. Peter Hospital
Providence St. Peter Hospital’s heart program has earned national recognition for clinical quality from both HealthGrades and Solucient, two independent companies that analyze hospital benchmark data. Both companies use Medicare data to review patient outcomes at virtually every hospital –nearly 6,000—in the nation.

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April 17, 2003

Treasure Valley Cardiology Offers Pocket EKG Service to Patients

Treasure Valley Cardiology today announced plans to offer the Pocket EKG Card to patients in their Boise Clinic.

About Treasure Valley Cardiology
Treasure Valley Cardiology, in addition to providing expert medical care, also understands the frightening and disturbing feelings that often accompany heart problems. Thus, we have designed our practice to offer a personal touch that goes beyond what is expected of a medical organization. Our patients know that when they leave this office they have received a thoughtful, honest medical opinion provided in a caring environment.

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May 7, 2003

Southwestern Vermont Health Care selects the Pocket EKG program as part of their Heart Attack Screening service

Southwestern Vermont Healthcare today announced plans to include Pocket EKG in heart attack and stroke risk screenings.
According to Karen Coppin, Patient Services Coordinator, the following tests will be available:
- Cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure screening
- Pulse and electrocardiogram
- Pocket EKG Card
- Private consultation with SVMC staff
- Nutrition, exercise, and tobacco cessation information available

Vermont Health Care
The Southwestern Vermont Health Care serves more than 55,000 people in the towns and villages of Bennington County and western Windham County in Vermont and eastern Renssalaer County in New York. As a non-profit health system, our mission is to provide care and comfort for patients, residents, and their loved ones. Our vision is to make the communities we serve the healthiest in the nation.

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February 2, 2004

St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center Launches Pocket EKG Program

St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center introduces the Pocket EKG Program in February 2004. As of April 2005, through the screening process, the Hospital has extended this potentially life saving service to roughly 1,800 of its patients.
“ The Pocket EKG Program allows physicians and patients to become proactive partners in maintaining heart health,” Patsy Gleim, Cardiovascular Business Development Coordinator.

About St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center
Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center is a 300 bed facility that includes a network of family practice and internal medicine clinics. Through these programs, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center provides a full continuum of services, from education and prevention programs to high tech testing, surgical intervention and rehabilitation.

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March 5, 2004

Mission Hospital announces the addition of the Pocket EKG Program to its cardiovascular service line.

Paula Serias, Director of Marketing, and Karen Prestia, Director of Business Development, find that the Pocket EKG Program facilitates the process of information dissemination. The Cardiomark/Mission Hospital partnership streamlines operations by efficiently and effectively providing patients with their screening results.
About Mission Hospital
Mission Hospital is the largest hospital in south Orange County and one of three trauma centers in Orange County. The 338 bed acute care, full-service facility provides patients a single place to go for all of their healthcare needs. In particular, Mission Hospital’s cardiac patients receive expert care from a specialized staff in the state-of-the-art Care Unit in the Muldoon Cardiac Center. Mission Hospital also offers a Telemetry Unit 1 specialized care for recovering patients in stable condition.

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May 23, 2004

Wyoming Medical Center implements the Pocket EKG Program into its Heart Center Services.

The Pocket EKG equips cardiologists with pivotal information that allows them to compare past screening results to a patient’s immediate testing data, working to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

About Wyoming Medical Center
The Wyoming Medical Center performs more than 250 open heart surgeries each year. A multiphase cardiac rehabilitation program helps patients to achieve their best level of function. At the Heart Center of Wyoming, patients have access to complete cardiac, vascular and pulmonary testing including cardiovascular catheterization laboratories, electrophysiology and cardiac ablation.

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June 1, 2004

Upper Michigan Heart Institute offers the wallet-size Pocket EKG Card to its patients.

Dagmar Raica, Program Director of the Heart Institute praises the program. Further, Cardiologist Dr. Thomas LeGalley, a staff member of Marquette General Hospital, says that physicians and patients will both benefit from the Pocket EGK card. “Physicians will have access to valuable information when treating patients in an emergent situation. The availability of this information will help physicians treat patients.”

About Upper Michigan Heart Institute
The Upper Michigan Heart Institute’s interventional and surgical cardiac program is staffed by board certified or board eligible cardiologists and cardiovascular physicians. The program includes the only pediatric cardiologist, cardiac electrophysiologists and nuclear cardiologists in the U.P., as well as a full range of services from prevention to rehabilitation.

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November 2, 2004

Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center launches the Pocket EKG Program for its associates on November 8, 2004.

Todd Grover, Director of Heart Services, explains that due to the Pocket EKG Program’s increasing popularity, the Hospital will extend the program to the community at large beginning May 2005.

About Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Southeastern Med is a state-of-the-art facility that brings quality heart health care to Southeast Ohio. Advanced cardiac imaging technology provides the most detailed diagnostic heart information currently available. Easily accessible facilities further ensure that efficient, high quality healthcare is provided to Southeastern Med patients.

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November 15, 2004

Lake Regional Health System, located in Osage Beach, MO, provides Pocket EKG Screening Services to Patients.

Laura Gajda, Director of Public Relations, contends that the Pocket EKG Screening Service provides patients with customized heart health information, the knowledge of which is valuable to the maintenance of cardiovascular well-being.
About Lake Regional Health System
Lake Regional Health System is a 140-bed medical facility supporting a full range of medical and surgical services, including complete cardiovascular care; nearly 1,000 employees support the medical expertise of 70-plus full-time medical staff. Lake Regional’s Cardiovascular Care Team includes physicians who are board certified in cardiovascular, thoracic and general surgery, interventional cardiology, cardiovascular diseases, and internal medicine.

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May 19, 2005

Kennestone Cardiovascular, a new formed physician practice, enrolls in the Pocket EKG Program.

Kennestone Cardiovascular announces that starting in June of 2005, it will begin offering this new screening service to patients.

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May 20, 2005

The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) enrolls in the Pocket EKG Program in May of 2005.

Suellen Richardson, Assistant Vice President of the Georgia Heart Center, states that the Pocket EKG Program allows Georgia Heart Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia to broaden its array of cardiovascular patient services and provide additional portable health information to ensure appropriate access in the event of an emergency.

About The Medical Center of Central Georgia
MCCG is a 603-bed, full-service, acute care hospital that now serves an estimated 750,000 residents and is presently the second largest hospital in the state of Georgia. The Hospital’s Cardiac Care Unit, The Georgia Heart Center, maintains the largest heart program in the state of Georgia outside of Atlanta. The Center averages more than eleven hundred open-heart surgeries annually and is equipped with the latest technological advancements to provide a full range of cardiovascular services. Such services include an extensive array of non-invasive diagnostic and cardiovascular imaging techniques. The Georgia Heart Center received a five-star report card rating from HealthGrades.com, Inc. for its “superior quality of care.” This rating places MCCG in the top 10 percent of an estimated five thousand hospitals nationwide for its cardiac-care program.

 

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November 2005

Pocket EKG offers clinical and marketing focus to the Heart Essentials Program at Integris Heart Hospital.

Integris Heart Hospital incorporates Pocket EKG as part of its Heart Essentials Program to begin in January of 2006.  A Heart Essentials membership includes the following

  • Pocket EKG card

  • Cardiac risk profile

  • Body fat and weight assessment

  • Peripheral vascular screening

  • Blood pressure evaluation

  • Cholesterol evaluation

  • Diabetes screening

The Heart Essentials membership costs $200 and also includes an immediate nurse consultation to discuss patient results.  Heart Essentials members also can take advantage of the following discounted services.

  • Nutrition consultation

  • Exercise physiologist consultation

  • Osteoporosis screening.

About Integris Heart Hospital
INTEGRIS Health Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1983 to serve as the parent corporation for, and to provide management and administrative support to, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Inc., another Oklahoma not-for-profit corporation that operates a tertiary care hospital in northwest Oklahoma City.
In 1994, INTEGRIS merged with Baptist Healthcare of Oklahoma, an event which brought to the organization a network of outstanding rural hospitals across the state. In 1995, INTEGRIS merged with Southwest Medical Center, an acute-care hospital in southwest Oklahoma City. Each of these organizations brings a rich history of serving Oklahomans. INTEGRIS Health, along with these and a number of other affiliated entities, form the INTEGRIS Health System.
About Cardiomark
Cardiomark LLC is a clinical based cardiovascular marketing firm providing hospitals, physicians and health systems with an innovative and clinical approach to business development, patient retention, patient loyalty, and patient satisfaction. The consumer-focused programs are designed to build medical care partnerships between cardiovascular specific health care providers and patients with heart disease or at a risk for heart disease.

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December 2005

Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare Implement a Gender Specific Pocket EKG Program

According to Shelley Neal, CEO and President of Jewish Hospital Medical Center East, Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare implemented the Gender-Specific Pocket EKG and Cardiac Assessment Program as a way to create multiple “front doors” into the organization and this program serves as an intricate part of their overall cardiac strategy.

About Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare
Jewish Hospital Medical Center East is an outpatient facility, part of Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare in Louisville, Kentucky, and was designed with the vision for the “next generation” care.  The facility offers the Louisville region the most advanced outpatient diagnostic procedures and treatment options while setting a new standard in patient-focused care.  This facility is also the nation;s first multi-modality show site for GE Healthcare, and features the 12-lead Gender-Specific cardiac monitoring equipment.  The parent organization, Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare, is a regional healthcare network that includes 70 facilities, 1900 patient beds, and employs over 8,000 team members.  A premier heart hospital, Jewish Hospital is the site of the world’s first and second implants of the AbioCor Implantable Replacement Heart.  Jewish Hospital’s Transplant Center – a joint program with the University of Louisville – is in the elite percentage of organ transplant centers in the nation and one of a hand full of hospitals performing all five solid organ transplants.  The world’s first and second successful human hand transplants were performed at Jewish Hospital.

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TESTIMONIALS

"If I hadn't have been screened, my first sign of heart trouble would have killed me."

Paul M.
Pocket EKG screening participant who underwent successful triple bypass surgery as a result of the screening


"The Pocket EKG screening
service has been extremely
popular in our community.
It has helped us increase ROI
and build physician relations."

Brian York,
Marketing Consultant,

Sentara Healthcare
Client for Over 6 Years


"With the Pocket EKG Service
as our primary marketing
program, Pikes Peak Cardiology
has experienced a 42%
increase in new patient
appointments since 2005;
an average annual increase
of 7%, which is significant."

William Mantia, CEO,
Pikes Peak Cardiology, LLP

Client for Over 10 Years


"The card, which presents patients' baseline 12-lead ECG results on one side and vital patient information – blood type, cardiac conditions, allergies and medications – on the other, not only promotes practice loyalty, but boosts referrals."

Ronald Blonder, DO
Pikes Peak Cardiology, LLP
Client for Over 10 Years

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