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Physicians praise Greensburg Excela heart facility

| Thursday, May 3, 2012, 11:41 p.m.

Pittsburgh was on the minds of quite a few speakers at Excela Health's gala opening Thursday of its Center for Cardiovascular Medicine.

The nearby home of the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins was mentioned several times by speakers who took the podium before more than 750 people at the celebration at the Four Points by Sheraton, east of Greensburg.

The $10 million center at the medical group's Westmoreland facility in Greensburg will be able to do almost anything related to heart care that the hospitals in Pittsburgh can do, with the exception of transplant surgery, the speakers said.

"You no longer have to go to Pittsburgh for cardiac care," said Dr. James Adisey, chairman of Excela's medical executive committee. "You can have it done -- as the commercial says -- in your own back yard."

The services to be offered involve early detection and diagnosis, open-heart surgery and cardiac rehabilitation. The equipment available at the 19,000-square-foot center, which opened this month, includes a three-dimensional CT heart scan and four catheterization laboratories.

Adisey said the center will be a good recruitment tool to attract physicians.

Excela CEO David Gallatin said the center was designed with "the patient and family in mind."

It will offer care around-the-clock.

Guest speaker Joan Lunden, co-host for nearly two decades of "Good Morning America," offered tips on leading a healthy life.

Among them: Know family health history and risk factors; have a positive attitude; exercise; teach children about healthy lifestyle habits; and anticipate a good outcome in all endeavors.

"Good health is a choice," Lunden said, adding that a person's length of life "is only 30 percent heredity; 70 percent is up to us."

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