Prefontaine Cardiovascular Center

For more information about the Prefontaine Cardiovascular Center, call (541) 266-4650

In his lifetime, “Pre” was an active advocate for cardiovascular health. What better legacy for this celebrated runner than to make his home region a heart-healthy community?

The Prefontaine Cardiovascular Center is staffed by a dedicated and diverse group of healthcare professionals whose primary goal is to improve heart health and save lives on Oregon’s South Coast. Our highly trained, experienced staff members receive ongoing training to stay up-to-date on the latest advances in cardiovascular care.

Committed to High-Quality Care

We may be in rural Oregon, but we believe that our patients deserve the same level of quality care as that provided in much larger cities. That’s why the Prefontaine Cardiovascular Center established a quality-focused partnership with OHSU (Oregon Health & Science University). We offer advanced care for conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels, including arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, heart disease, hypertension, vascular disease, and more.

In November 2019, Bay Area Hospital was recognized by the American College of Cardiology for the hospital's demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Bay Area Hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI based on a rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff's ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. 


In light of recent changes with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prefontaine Cardiovascular Center has developed a telemedicine platform which allows some of our patients to receive high quality care without having to physically be present in the clinic through the use of a system called

Telemedicine is the use of telecommunications technology to provide real-time healthcare to patients at a distance. It is delivered using video-conferencing, audio communication, and/or text messaging using mobile phones, tablets, and desktop computers.

Please view further 'Getting Started for Clients' information here with step-by-step instructions for how to check in for your video visit.

Prior to starting a telemedicine appointment with your provider, please fill out and submit a consent form electronically to be able to receive telemedicine services.

This consent is good for one year. If you experience technical difficulties with the form, the Prefontaine Cardiovascular Center is happy to assist you in completing the form electronically or they can receive your consent verbally as well. Please fill out and electronically sign the form below:


Telehealth Consent Form (English)
Telehealth Consent Form (Spanish)

To join a telemedicine appointment with your Prefontaine Cardiovascular Center provider, please click on the appropriate link listed next to your provider's name:

Kurt Dammel

A Life Saved

Kurt Dammel was mowing the lawn at his Gold Beach home in June 2017, when a pain in his shoulder forced him to stop. Little did he know that the pain was the beginning of a near-death experience. Kurt told his wife what was bothering him, and as a retired nurse she immediately recognized the signs: Kurt was having a heart attack.

Read full story here.

Community Education

February is American Hearth Month! As we are unable to provide in-person eduation this month due to COVID, we encourage our community to utilize the following free Heart Health Risk Assessment from McKenzie Heart Group, a Oregon-based cardiology provider. Take their assessment here.

How can we help you? See below for our wide range of services.