Published on February 16, 2012

Baptist DeSoto names new medical director of cardiovascular services

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto recently promoted Dr. Arie Szatkowski to medical director of the hospitals' cardiovascular services.

A cardiologist with the Stern Cardiovascular Foundation, he brings more than 16 years of experience, including award-winning teaching appointments. Szatkowski specializes in consultative cardiology, nuclear medicine, echocardiography and preventive medicine. He has special interests in valvular disease and congestive heart failure.

"Finding the right person for this position was not an easy task," James Huffman, administrator and CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, said. "His previous positions have prepared him well to oversee finding the right programs to meet the needs of our patients and employees."

Szatkowski believes educating patients and setting goals is the key to lowering the statistics that place Mississippi among the nation's leaders in heart disease.

"Improving the health of our community is my top priority," Szatkowski explained. "We already have top-notch cardiac services. Now we are working to promote those services and offer more programs for healthier living."

Baptist DeSoto is a 339-bed hospital that offers diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. In November 2006, Baptist DeSoto opened a new, 11-story tower, featuring all-private rooms, expanded operating suites and a new emergency room. In 2010, Baptist DeSoto received the Hospital of the Year award (100 beds or more) from the Mississippi Nurses Association. The hospital offers open-heart surgery and a number of other cardiovascular services, and the emergency department's heart attack response rate is, on average, 30 minutes faster than the national benchmark. Baptist DeSoto's inpatient rehabilitation program ranked in the top 1 percent in the nation for quality in a report based on 2009 performance outcomes. In 2010, the hospital's Women's Center became the first breast imaging facility in DeSoto County to offer digital mammography. In 2011, Baptist DeSoto's emergency department was upgraded to a level III trauma designation.

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