Alegent Health Clinic Adds Five Cardiologists and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Release Date: 01/23/2008

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New Cardiovascular Division of Clinic is Formed OMAHA, Neb. –Five cardiologists and a cardiac surgeon, formerly of Nebraska Heart Institute (NHI), have joined the Alegent Health Clinic. Drs. Jeffrey Carstens, Himanshu Agarwal, Atul Ramachandran, Joseph Thibodeau and Eric Van De Graaff, Cardiologists, and Dr. Mohammed Quader, a cardiothoracic surgeon, will form a new cardiovascular division of the Alegent Health Clinic. The physicians, currently with offices at Alegent Health Midlands Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), will close their UNMC office and open an office on the Alegent Health Bergan Mercy campus in the near future. “We welcome these cardiovascular physicians to the Alegent Health Clinic,” said Rocky Fredrickson, M.D., Interim President and CEO of Alegent Health Clinic. “This is among the most respected cardiovascular groups in Omaha and we are fortunate to have them as part of our practice,” Fredrickson said. Jeff Carstens, M.D., said that patients and referring physicians should experience a seamless transition. “We have pledged to work closely with NHI and Alegent Health Clinic to ensure that there is absolutely no disruption in care for any of our patients or in serving referring physicians during the next few months as we transition,” Carstens said. Dr. Mohammed Quader helped establish the transplant program at the University of Nebraska, and Alegent Health Clinic wants to assure that his important work can continue. “We are working closely with UNMC to assure that Dr. Quader can continue his leadership with this program so vital to our community,” Fredrickson said. Alegent Health Clinic has more than 115 physicians and 30 mid-level providers in 44 locations across eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa all focused on providing the highest quality of health services.