Cardiologist addresses community leaders

By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com

February 26, 2014

ELKIN — The newest cardiologist at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital (HCMH) addressed members of the hospital Leadership class on Thursday.

Dr. Sayyied Aziem is part of the Winston-Salem Cardiology team that provides services at the hospital. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed his residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2009.

During the program, Aziem shared information on the newest technology in the cardiology field such as 3D imaging capabilities, new medications and less invasive procedures for heart catheterization.

The Leadership Hugh Chatham class seeks to educate community leaders about the various programs at the hospital and most importantly to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

“One of my first comments to this class back in January was that health care is a team sport,” said HCMH CEO Paul Hammes. “We all have an obligation to take personal responsibility to become better educated with respect to how to live a healthy life. Also it’s a great opportunity, as a community, to gather here at Hugh Chatham, the epicenter of health care in the Elkin area to learn more about health care in general and specific ways to lead healthier lives.”

The hospital has offered cardiology services for many years, Hammes said, however the need has grown in recent years. Winston-Salem Cardiology opened a satellite office at the hospital two years ago and due to the demand, Hammes said, “they now have a thriving full practice that is open five days a week and offers consulting services at the hospital as well.”

The response to the leadership class has been favorable and even eye-opening for community residents.

“I think what makes the monthly Leadership Hugh Chatham program so innovative is the willingness of the hospital to develop stronger ties with the community through education and networking,” said class member Brent Kleinheksel. “A well informed hospital constituency results in more hospital volunteers, increased charitable giving and a greater willingness on behalf of patients to use the local health care system rather than traveling to Winston and beyond.”

Kleinheksel also said, “Thursday’s program that showcased the recent addition of Winston-Salem Cardiology is a great example. It’s one thing to stay local to see a general practitioner, but for serious stuff like your heart, brain, cancer, etc. my family’s opinion has always been we need to go to Winston or Raleigh to get quality care. After learning more about Winston-Salem Cardiology and through the monthly Leadership Hugh Chatham luncheons, we are learning that the level of care right here in Elkin is very high and there are a lot of people who really care about the hospital’s success.”

Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.