Cardiologist to lead development of heart and vascular center at Coshocton Hospital

| March 28, 2016
Ahmed A. Habib

Ahmed A. Habib

COSHOCTON – The hearts of people in and around Coshocton County will soon have a local fulltime specialist for cardiac and vascular care. Coshocton Hospital announced that skilled invasive cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist Ahmed A. Habib, MD, FACC, FAVM, will join the hospital’s medical staff beginning Monday, April 4.

Dr. Habib is board-certified in Cardiology, General Vascular and Endovascular Medicine. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. He completed his residency in internal medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital, an affiliate of Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Habib went on to complete a three-year fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Dr. Habib comes to Coshocton from Moberly Regional Medical Center in Moberly, Missouri, where he has served as the director of the heart and vascular center since 1997. He has also served as assistant professor at the University of Missouri – Columbia Department of Medicine’s Division of Cardiology. Dr. Habib is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Vascular Medicine. He has served as chief of staff, as a board member and as chairman of the quality improvement council at Moberly Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Habib’s expertise will enable Coshocton Hospital to diagnose and treat patients with coronary, peripheral vascular, and acute and chronic venous disease. In addition, his team will treat patients with heart failure and cardiac rhythm disorders.

The addition of Dr. Habib to the hospital’s medical staff follows a focused initiative on the part of the hospital to advance local cardiovascular services. The process has included the addition of cardiac nurse practitioner Rajene Fox to provide daily support for heart stress testing and other diagnostic procedures. The hospital has also completed a total re-design of cardiac rehabilitation services to offer a comprehensive program to help patients resume normal activities following a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery or other heart event.

“The recruitment of a fulltime cardiologist has been a top priority for us and we are very pleased to welcome a cardiologist of Dr. Habib’s caliber to our medical staff,” stated Stephanie Conn, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer. “Historically, patients with a heart event have been transported from our community for diagnosis and treatment simply because we did not have a fulltime cardiologist to diagnose and manage the patient’s care. Dr. Habib has designed and grown the cardiovascular program at a community hospital in Missouri and is enthusiastic about designing a similar program here. Strengthening the health of hearts in our communities only contributes to the overall good health of the people in this region and we are very pleased to bring essential heart services to our hospital.”

Dr. Habib will begin seeing patients on Monday, April 4, at his office at 311 S. 15th St., Suite 101, in Coshocton. Appointments can be scheduled now by calling the office at 740-623-4481.

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