Clinic adds to cardiology care in Grand Valley

Dr. Elizabeth Buisker

A new cardiology practice is scheduled to open in Grand Junction.

The SCL Health Medical Group and St. Mary’s Medical Center announced plans to open the SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute clinic in November. The clinic will be located at the Life Center at 2686 Patterson Road.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide the people of the Grand Valley with more choices and improved access when it comes to comprehensive heart care,” said
Dr. Elizabeth Buisker, medical director of the SCL Health Medical Group in Western Colorado.

“We have the unique ability to connect our local cardiologists with our regional heart and vascular care experts in order to provide fully integrated care,” Buisker said.

Drs. Yogesh Patel and Kurt Spriggs were scheduled to begin seeing patients at the new clinic the first week of November. Dr. Clyde Sullivan is scheduled to join the practice in December and Dr. Jennifer Springer in January.

The clinic builds on other efforts to expand access to cardiac care in Western Colorado.

In 2019, SCL Health opened the Heart & Vascular Institute, a 46,000-square-foot
addition to St. Mary’s Hospital. The institute includes a hybrid operating room, three heart catheterization labs, 10 cardiac short stay medical suites, seven cardiac testing rooms, an electrophysiology lab and cardiac rehabilitation gymnasium. A radial lounge allows for wrist catheter entry.

A study conducted at that time by the Grand Junction Economic Partnership calculated the economic contributions of constructing the institute topped $90 million. The institute contributes $3.8 million a year to the Grand Valley on an ongoing basis.