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December 25-- Travis Roose, Meadows Regional Medical Center Assistant Vice President of Cardiovascular Services, was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) annual Hospital Heroes Awards luncheon in Atlanta.

{mosimage}Roose (right, with GHA President Earl Rogers) is one of ten health professionals statewide to receive the award and was recognized for his work in bringing an angioplasty program to the hospital and community.

Meadows President & CEO, Alan Kent noted “we are the smallest hospital in Georgia with a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. We have that program due in large part to the unwavering commitment of Travis Roose. He has an incredible dedication to Meadows, its patients and physicians. His work ethic is unparalleled and is most deserving of this high honor.”

 Without Roose’s leadership and commitment, the hospital most likely would not have its angioplasty program that is saving the lives of hundreds locally. Several years ago, Roose had a vision that, one day, the city of Vidalia would offer heart attack treatment so that lives would not be lost in flight to larger facilities.

To make this vision a reality, he accepted a position at St. Joseph’s Heart Hospital in Savannah as a PRN in the catheterization laboratory (cath lab) while he continued to work full time at Meadows. He developed relationships with the physicians there with the goal of building a network to develop a program in his hospital’s laboratory. For five years, Roose finessed the relationship by making the hour-and-a-half trip to work there and covering call on weekends.

Roose secured the trust of the physicians he worked with at St. Joseph’s Heart Hospital and collected enough signatures for a signed affidavit that was used to submit a Certificate Of Need. Meadows opened its doors to the first ever angioplasty lab in Vidalia on August 16, 2010. Roose worked closely with physician recruiters to bring in top talent to support the program.

Roose is still involved with direct patient care and is on call 10 to 20 nights per month. Since the cardiac cath lab opened, volume has doubled and has developed the need to build a second lab and a dedicated cath recovery unit.

“Thanks to Travis Roose’s unwavering commitment and perseverance, hundreds of Vidalia area residents now have high quality cardiac care right in their community and many lives have been saved,” said GHA President Earl V. Rogers. “Travis is a most deserving recipient of this award.”

GHA’s Hospital Heroes Awards are presented every year to 10 individuals who display outstanding service to the healthcare field.