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How the Valve Clinic Works with Referring Physicians (Video)

Tampa, Florida (2013)

Dr. Spriggs:  I'm Douglas Spriggs. I'm an Interventional Cardiologist at Morton Plant Hospital and a member of the Valve Clinic Team.

Dr. Ofenloch: I'm Dr. John Ofenloch, Cardiovascular Surgeon and member of the Valve Clinic Team at Morton Plant Hospital.

The Valve Clinic is a multidisciplinary group of physicians that focus on a specific problem, and in this case, we focus on aortic stenosis. The program begins with the patient being referred to the Valve Clinic and taking an assessment of what testing has already been completed and what testing needs to be performed.

Our Valve Clinic Coordinator spends a great deal of time with their office arranging for the upcoming tests, and the tests can often be performed locally without the patient having to travel to the Valve Clinic.

Once all of the assessments have been completed, the patient is then brought physically to the Valve Clinic for an appointment where we can review all of the available testing. Subsequently, the plan of the Valve Clinic Team is provided back to the referring physician by usually a personal phone call and often by electronic communication so that the referring physician knows exactly what the upcoming plan is.

The idea is that we offer them under the share care philosophy, where the patient is brought to Morton Plant for a very specialized program and procedure and then returned to the care of their primary physician and cardiologist for ongoing follow-up.

Dr. Spriggs: The Valve Clinic Team is interested in designing a treatment plan for that patient, but also follow-up care after the procedure is performed is important and that's where the communication with the referring physician is critical.

Our goal is to communicate those needs to the referring physician so that they can participate in the care of the patient after the procedure so that that patient can be guaranteed a seamless experience.

Dr. Ofenloch: Patients interested in finding out more about the Valve Clinic Team and about the share care and transcatheter valve program can contact the Valve Clinic Coordinator directly through the provided telephone number.