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New Center Expands Quality Access Care in Tampa Bay


Fully licensed and accredited, Lifeline Vascular Access system of centers post a procedure success rate of 98% and a patient satisfaction rate of 93%

Vernon Hills, Illinois. 5/23/12 – Lifeline Vascular AccessSM, the Chicago-based industry leader in vascular access management services, today announced the opening of a new vascular center serving nephrology practices and dialysis patients across the Tampa Bay area.
Richard Nee, Vice President and General Manager for Lifeline, said Lifeline Vascular Center Tampa is the company’s fourth facility of its kind in the state of Florida and 66th nationally and is pleased to be able to help improve the quality of care available to Tampa-area dialysis patients. “There are more than 20,000 patients on hemodialysis in the state and nearly all of them will, at some point, require intervention for an access issue. Research shows that the availability of outpatient vascular access services enhances the continuity of their care and significantly improves their clinical outcomes.”

Nee says the Tampa area has more than 30 dialysis centers in the area, and there is a significant patient population who will benefit from the convenience of this new freestanding outpatient location. Gerald Beathard, MD, PhD, Vice President of Provider Development, agreed. “The Lifeline Vascular Access system of centers represents more than half a million successful patient encounters. Our physicians and staff have posted a procedure success rate of 98% and a patient satisfaction rate of 93%. These numbers are well above national benchmarks and we’re committed to the task of improving the quality of life for the patients we serve.”

Lifeline Vascular Access, which now operates 66 centers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, was recently re-accredited by The Joint Commission. Awarded its first accreditation in 2006, the company received the nationally recognized Joint Commission Gold Seal of ApprovalTM, which reflects a commitment to quality healthcare performance standards and patient safety.

Patients will be in great hands
Dr. Beathard says the new center’s talented interventionalists, Dr. Mark Gerscovich, Dr. Ajay Patel and Dr. Jeffrey Wilson will assure patients the highest standard of care. Drs. Gerscovich and Patel are currently performing procedures at the center and will be joined by Dr. Wilson in July.

Dr. Gerscovich, a cum laude graduate from Dartmouth, earned his MD from Emory and completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed his radiology residency at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans and completed a fellowship in interventional radiology at the University of Alabama Birmingham in 1997. Dr. Gerscovich is board certified in radiology with a CAQ in vascular and interventional radiology. He has held a variety of private practice and staff positions, including Louisiana State University Medical Center, Florida Radiology Associates (Orlando), Pinnacle Radiology Group at Brandon Regional Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, Town & Country Hospital and South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center, FL. He is licensed to practice medicine in Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia.

Dr. Patel practices at Tampa’s Carrollwood Surgical Associates and enjoys hospital privileges at Florida Hospital Carrollwood. Board certified in general and vascular surgery, Dr. Patel earned his MD from the University of Miami and performed his residency at Greenville Memorial Hospital in South Carolina. He then went through a comprehensive vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.
Dr. Wilson, who will join Lifeline in July, is from the Division of Vascular Surgery at the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Medical Center. After completing his MD from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Wilson conducted his postgraduate work at University of South Florida, completing his residency in general surgery and a two year fellowship in vascular surgery. He holds the position of Staff Combat Surgeon with the Naval Special Warfare Command and Staff Trauma Surgeon at the University of South Florida/Tampa General Hospital.

All three physicians have published broadly in prominent journals and presented to a wide range of medical and surgical conferences. Drs. Gerscovich, Patel and Wilson are supported by a highly trained administrative and clinical staff well versed in industry best practices. Dr. Beathard explains, “Lifeline pioneered the vascular access industry because we saw an opportunity to improve the quality of care for dialysis patients. We never stop searching for new ways of innovating, and we believe this new center will represent a significant benefit to Tampa’s dialysis patients and their physicians.”

Lifeline Vascular Center is located at 13085 Telecom Parkway North in Temple Terrace.