Cardiologists Fred Heinemann, M.D., Stanley Josef, M.D., FACC, Greg St. John, M.D., FACC and Allen Lee, M.D. have decided to join St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic, the St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System’s multi-facility, multi-specialty physician organization. A newly-recruited interventional cardiologist, Oyidie Igbokidi, M.D., F.A.C.C., is also scheduled to join the St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic cardiovascular team on July 1.
Effective May 1, the decision by Drs. Heinemann, Josef, St. John, and Lee to unite with the St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic team comes after spending the last 14-plus years as partners in the Central Arkansas Cardiovascular Institute (CACI) practice on the first floor of the Mercy Heart & Vascular Center ( 200 Heartcenter Lane). Collectively, the four physicians have 124 years of experience in practicing cardiovascular medicine.
“We are very excited to have these four physicians joining the team,” said Dr. Marcus Gunter, a St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic obstetrician-gynecologist who also serves as the integrated physician organization’s president. “They are the area’s most highly trained and experienced cardiologists, and each of them has well-established histories of providing quality care to the community.”
Dr. Josef is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and nuclear cardiology. He earned his medical degree at George Washington University and did his residency at Washington Hospital Center, both of which are located in Washington, D.C. Dr. Josef has also done fellowships at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. and the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
“The process of physician recruitment, from an economic standpoint, had become increasingly difficult for us as a four-man practice,” said Dr. Josef, who along with his clinical psychologist wife, Dr. Linda Josef, has two adult sons. “Our new alliance with St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic will provide the additional resources needed to be successful in that area. A synergy between our practice and the hospital already exists because we share the same physical plant. We also have an intimate working relationship with the staff, thanks to the exclusive frequency in which we use the St. Joseph’s cath lab and other facilities.
“I believe the alliance can be effective in helping us reach a mutual goal of providing patients the best in quality care, using the latest in technological advancements on the way to optimal outcomes at fair prices. The integrated delivery system that we have just entered into lends itself to that, and I believe, with all of us being a part of the same team, that it is a do-able thing.”
Dr. St. John, board certified in cardiovascular disease, earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock. He did both his residency and a fellowship at University Hospital in Little Rock. He and his physician wife, rheumatologist Melody St. John, M.D., have two adult daughters.
Dr. Fred Heinemann, who has practiced cardiovascular medicine since 1975 and been a CACI physician partner since 1983, earned his medical degree at UAMS. He did his residency at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He and his wife, Zhanna, have an 11-year-old daughter named Arianna.
Like Drs. St. John and Heinemann, Dr. Lee, a practicing cardiologist for the last 39 years (16 with CACI), earned his medical degree at UAMS. Dr. Lee also did his residency and a fellowship at UAMS. He and his wife, Susan, have five adult children and eight grandchildren.
Also making the May 1 transition to St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic will be the present CACI support staff of Physician Practice Manager Jan LeMay, MA, three advance practice nurses, six full-time registered nurses, one part-time registered nurse, two medical technicians, one pacer technician, one lab technician, one phlebotomist and one medical technician-scheduler.