New heart disease clinic looks to advance care in underserved region

Published: Mar. 6, 2023 at 6:25 PM CST
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PIGGOTT, Ark. (KAIT) - Innovation coming to Clay County is going to reshape medical care in the region thanks to the grand opening of the Piggott Cardiology Clinic.

In a partnership between the Piggott Health System and St. Bernards, the clinic will give people options in the area that they never had before.

“The community continues to grow, and there is an increased need, and with this clinic now, we will be able to provide additional services,” said Dr. Jaime Chavez, intervention cardiologist for St. Bernards.

He said having these options close to home instead of an hour away will be a game changer.

“This is something that is very important in a community, and for us to be able to come here allows the patients not to have to do that long drive,” he said.

Not only was the drive a hassle for patients, but according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease in Clay County sits higher than the overall rate for Arkansas and even nationwide.

With the ribbon cutting, the clinic hopes to expand its hours from two days a week to four, giving care to those who really need it.