It’s about the patients. That’s Karing Hearts Cardiology CEO Dr. Jeff Schoondyke’s stated rationale for a now successful effort to gain permission for a freestanding cardiac catheterization lab in Johnson City.
Karing Hearts succeeded in gaining a certificate of need for a standalone cath lab in a hearing on Sept. 28, before Tennessee’s Health Facilities Commission (HFC).
Schoondyke answered questions about some of the reasons that Ballad and ETSU Physicians, which also opposed the application, presented in their arguments. And he continued to insist, as he has since announced an interest in establishing the facility, that it will benefit consumers and won’t be dangerous to patients or involve so-called “cherry picking” of patients with more financial resources.