Prefontaine Cardiovascular Center

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Building a Heart-Healthy Coast

Heart disease is the second-leading cause of death in Oregon, and compared to the state of Oregon, Coos County has higher rates of several leading causes of death. The leading causes of death in the county are cancer and heart disease. Until 2013, Coos and Curry County residents had to travel hours for cardiology services. That’s why the decision was made in 2010 to bring cardiovascular care to the South Coast.

Shortly after, Bay Area Hospital launched a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory and began to build a comprehensive cardiovascular program. Since then our team has grown and services have expanded to best serve our community.



1995 Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center opens at Bay Area Hospital
2010 Health District Board gives approval to develop a comprehensive cardiology program
May 3, 2013 First procedure is performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory
Fall 2014 Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center commemorates its one-thousandth coronary case
2015 Rick Latham, MD, joins the team
2015 Cardiology Center is formally dedicated and named in memory of Coos Bay’s most famous athlete, Steve Prefontaine
2015 Initial Chest Pain Accreditation designation from the American College of Cardiology
2015–2017 Bay Area Hospital builds and relocates the Prefontaine Cardiovascular Center
2017 The center expands its team to three interventional cardiologists with the addition of John Frank, MD, and Wojciech Nowak, DO, supported by Beth Michaelson, DNP
2017 Students begin training and transform program to a teaching program
2017 Introduction of EKOS, pLVAD, and advanced PAD treatment
2017 Bay Area Hospital forms a partnership with Oregon Health & Science University
2018 Sanjay Verma, MD, joins the team, replacing Rick Latham, MD
2018 Thomas Dewland, MD, and Karen Byers, PA, bring electrophysiology to the Prefontaine Cardiovascular Center
2018 Shock - STEMI program introduced
2019 Collaborative focus on multiple cardiac conditions with EMS to provide improved patient outcomes
How can we help you? See below for our wide range of services.