FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lee Pepper, 615-345-5572
Chief Marketing Officer
Brentwood, TN, January 14, 2019 – SpecialtyCare, the market leader in outsourced cardiac perfusion services, announced today that Kirti Patel, MPS, MPH, BS, CCP, LP, CPBMT, founder of the Cardiovascular Perfusion Program at University of Texas Health Science Center McGovern Medical School and 19-year veteran in the perfusion industry has joined the company.
Patel will serve as national clinical specialist and clinical manager, based at Houston Methodist Hospital, leading a staff of four perfusionists. He will utilize his extensive background in research to work with SpecialtyCare’s medical department in maintaining SCOPE (SpecialtyCare Operative Procedural Registry™), the largest data repository in allied health. Patel will also play an integral role in growing SpecialtyCare’s perfusion service line in the Houston area.
Patel began his career as staff perfusionist and instructor, first at the Texas Heart Institute, where he received his perfusion training, and later at the Medical University of South Carolina, Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Patel moved into a leadership role at the University of Texas Health Science Center, as program director and clinical perfusionist, where Patel was tasked with starting the UTHealth Cardiovascular Perfusion Program.
“I am thrilled to be working with SpecialtyCare, a company that has been on my radar for about three years now due to the major initiatives the company has taken in research, education and more importantly, the focus on quality patient care,” said Patel. “I cannot think of another career that is more fulfilling on a daily basis. It’s an absolute privilege. Even after a 14-hour day, I can go to bed knowing that I’ve made a huge impact on not only that patient, but every person in that patient’s life.”
“SpecialtyCare’s mission is to deliver health care that improves patient outcomes, exceeds surgeon expectations, and inspires our staff, therefore it is crucial to build a management team that shares in this commitment,” said Tom Coley, SpecialtyCare’s president, perfusion services. “Kirti’s impressive clinical background and his clear passion for patient care make him an excellent choice for this position. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”
Patel, is highly regarded in the industry, presenting at perfusion and other cardiac-related conferences worldwide and authoring or co-authoring nearly 20 articles in leading medical journals. He has also been nominated for two of the three most prestigious awards given by AmSECT ¬– Clinical Excellence Award and Perfusionist of the Year. In 2013, Kirti was awarded Perfusionist of the Year.
More than 1,100 hospitals and 13,500 physicians trust SpecialtyCare to help them achieve exceptional care outcomes, regulatory compliance, and financial results. With nearly 1,500 clinicians supporting over 400,000 procedures annually, we maintain the SpecialtyCare Operative Procedural Registry (SCOPE™), the largest procedural database of its kind, which we use to identify standards, determine benchmarks, disseminate best practices, and foster innovations that improve patient outcomes, increase efficiencies and minimize costs. We are accredited and certified by The Joint Commission. By developing expertise beyond industry requirements, our customers can be certain they have the best partner for clinical excellence in perfusion, intraoperative neuromonitoring, autotransfusion, sterile processing management, surgical assist, and minimally invasive surgical support.