SYLACAUGA -- Jeff Herald, a native of Panola in Sumter County, is a certified registered nurse practitioner with Alabama Cardiovascular Group and makes rounds on patients at Coosa Valley Medical Center five days a week.
What is fascinating about Herald’s position at CVMC is the wide variety of coverage and availability he is able to provide to heart patients, hospital officials said.
Herald became interested in medicine when his dad had a heart attack and needed bypass surgery. He has been caring for heart patients for more than 28 years.
Herald’s day-to-day operations are different each day. Herald said he makes a call directly to the physician about the patient, and there is no lag time for getting back information about that patient to him.
“You never know where I will be – in the post-operative unit, emergency department or in a patient’s room in the hospital,” Herald said. “The flexibility has allowed me the opportunity to meet the needs of so many patients. So many situations pop up during the day, again from the ER to the transitional care unit or patient on the floor.”
Herald has been with ACG since September 2016. He joined ACG so he could come to CVMC and Sylacauga.
“It sounded like an interesting opportunity for me in a small community, which is what I am used to, growing up in Panola,” he said. “I enjoy personal relationships in the hospital. I am a direct link back to the physician for the patient’s care.”
Andy Gill, director of imaging and the cath lab, said, “Jeff is an integral part of our staff at CVMC.
“Everyone has really expressed how grateful we are to have Jeff making rounds on patients and taking care of the needs of our patients from a cardiac standpoint each day. We are passionate about what we do, and he is, too.”
In addition to his daily rounds in the hospital, Herald is also a key factor in the cardiac catheterization lab at CVMC -- a major capital investment the hospital board invested in four years ago. The estimated cost was $1.5 million.
Vanessa Green, chief business development officer, said the lab fills a need in the community because it provides closer access to cardiac services.
“It’s neighbors taking care of neighbors,” Green pointed out. “With heart disease being the leading cause of death for both men and women, CVMC decided this state-of-the-art piece of equipment was vital in our community.”
“CVMC was excited to bring this service to our community.”
Green said the catheterization lab saves patients from having to drive to Birmingham for something they could have done just as easily and safely in Sylacauga.
Green went on to say two groups of cardiologists practice at CVMC, and both are dedicated “to serving our community and surrounding areas.”
The two groups are Cardiovascular Associates (CVA) and Alabama Cardiovascular Group (ACG).
“CVMC is thankful for both groups making the commitment to bring top quality care, perhaps some might say, the best of Birmingham, down the road to make it more convenient for our community,” Green said. “CVMC values their relationship with CVA and ACG.”
For more information or to get connected to one of the cardiology groups that sees patients in Sylacauga, please call 256-401-4666.