Vein Center Joins Saint Joseph’s

The Vein Center of Georgia becomes Saint Joseph’s Vein Center
Addition of High Profile Vascular Practices to Strengthen Health System’s Service Lines

Atlanta, GA (July 14, 2011)— Saint Joseph’s Heath System (SJHS) is proud to announce Georgia Vascular Clinic, The Vascular Institute of Georgia, and the Vein Center of Georgia have joined Saint Joseph’s Medical Group (SJMG) ; the move effectively makes Saint Joseph’s home to the largest and most comprehensive employed vascular group in the state.  Like Saint Joseph’s, Georgia Vascular Clinic (GVC) and the Vascular Institute of Georgia (VIG) share strong roots within metro Atlanta and northern Georgia. For decades these practices have been devoted to the welfare of our communities, offering patients the highest quality of care and the most advanced techniques available in cardiovascular medicine.

“We are pleased to welcome Georgia Vascular Clinic and the Vascular Institute of Georgia to Saint Joseph’s Medical Group,” says Howard Watts, Saint Joseph’s Health System CEO.  “The addition of these esteemed clinicians to our Medical Group family is a significant step in our long history of caring for Atlanta.  As healthcare continues to see changes, we will pursue similar opportunities to continue our standing as a leader in innovative, high-quality care.

SJHS has been surgically treating a wide variety of vascular conditions for nearly a century and Saint Joseph’s surgeons and it was Saint Joseph’s surgeons that introduced percutaneous peripheral interventions to the Atlanta and regional market.  “Saint Joseph’s has always been a center of excellence with an unequalled reputation in cardiac care,” says Brooks Whitney, MD, Georgia Vascular Clinic, Chief of Vascular Surgery at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. “Because both Georgia Vascular and the Vascular Institute of Georgia share Saint Joseph’s strong commitment to patient quality and medical innovation—we see joining Saint Joseph’s Medical Group as an exciting opportunity to combine our personnel and resources to best benefit our staffs and patients as we grow and expand our scope of service.”

With the addition of GVC and VIG, Saint Joseph’s will continue to build upon its vascular capabilities which already include treatment of: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Carotid Artery Disease, Claudication and Diabetic Vascular Disease, Venous and other lower extremity vascular disease.  Mark Rheudasil, M.D.,Vascular Institute of Georgia, Vascular Surgeon at Saint Joseph’s Hospital: “I consider Saint Joseph’s to be the premier hospital for vascular surgery in Georgia. I’ve have always entrusted the well-being of my patients there, and I and look forward to officially calling Saint Joseph’s home.”

The physicians joining Saint Joseph’s from Georgia Vascular Clinic include: Brooks Whitney, M.D., Joseph Zarge, M.D., and Charles Lewinstein, M.D..  From the Vascular Institute of Georgia: Michael Clark M.D.; Peter H’Doubler Jr. M.D.; Mark Mittenthal M.D. and Mark Rheudasil M.D.  Collectively these physicians have seven locations across north Georgia, including the Saint Joseph’s campus, Roswell, and Cumming.

Editor’s Note:  Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1880, Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta is now a 410-bed, acute-care hospital recognized as one of the leading specialty-referral hospitals in the Southeast.  Saint Joseph’s is the region’s premier provider of cardiac, vascular oncology and orthopaedic services and home to the most comprehensive minimally invasive robotic surgery program in the world.   Saint Joseph’s is one of the 50 top hospitals and one of the few hospitals in the world to receive Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence.  Saint Joseph’s medical staff is comprised of over 750 physicians.  Saint Joseph’s Health System is based in Atlanta and has several subsidiaries including indigent care services, employed physician group, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Greensboro, GA, and research facilities.  Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Joseph’s is a member of Catholic Health East.  For more information, please visit

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