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Cardiac Care Coming to Valders

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Valders-area residents seeking ongoing cardiac care will be able to stay close to home starting April 8 when Ramon Ray Rayel, M.D., a BayCare Clinic cardiologist begins office hours at the Aurora Health Center.

Family Medicine Physician Paul Samundsen, M.D., who has a full-time practice at the clinic on 721 S. Calumet Drive in Valders will work closely with Rayel to provide ongoing care at the site.

"Many area residents suffer from heart disease," said Samundsen. "Currently, these patients either don't see a cardiologist because of difficulty traveling or they have to travel to Two Rivers, Manitowoc, Appleton or Green Bay for cardiac care. Now, they can stay right in town for clinic appointments. This is a convenient option for patients."

Patients can see Rayel in Valders every other Tuesday morning for initial cardiac evaluations and preventive cardiac care, as well as for follow-up care and medical management of all cardiac conditions.

"This allows for a more seamless transition from primary to specialty care for residents of Valders and the surrounding communities. I look forward to working more closely with Dr. Samundsen and with area residents," Rayel said.

Samundsen has been a strong advocate in bringing cardiology specialty care to the Valders clinic and encourages people to utilize this service.

"The concept of bringing specialty care to the Valders clinic has the potential to be expanded upon if it is well received and supported by residents of the community," Samundsen said.

This isn't the first time Aurora Health Care brought health care options close to home. In February 2007, Aurora Valders Clinic at 106 Wilson Street was replaced with the new Aurora Health Center. This enabled Samundsen to practice full-time in the area starting last April.

The clinic provides the full spectrum of medical treatment from newborn to elderly care. The center features outpatient diagnostic services, including an on-site laboratory and x-ray. Aurora's electronic medical records system is used at the clinic, making it easy for patients to have their records accessed at other Aurora sites throughout the state. Now, the clinic will offer cardiac specialty care.

Rayel currently practices with BayCare Clinic Cardiology at Aurora Health Center, 5300 Memorial Drive in Two Rivers and at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

BayCare Clinic is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is comprised of 100 specialty physicians with expertise in more than 20 specialties. BayCare Clinic physicians have served patients in Green Bay and the surrounding region for more than 25 years.

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Contact: Krissy Behnke (920-496-6365)

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