The Heart Institute today:
Our goal with our clinic and its technology is to continue to provide the most advanced state-of-the-art cardiovascular care to the people of East Texas. The Heart Institute has been pioneers in this field in the past, and we are committed to serving East Texas. We want to make Lufkin a regional center for cardiovascular care, so that the best available technology and care are given to patient’s right here at home, so they won’t have to travel to distant cities.
The Heart Institute’s Lufkin facility is among the most modern cardiology care centers in Texas.
We have a nationally accredited cardiac catheterization lab, along with facilities for comprehensive cardiovascular exams, cardiac stress testing, nuclear imaging, echocardiography services, a pacemaker and defibrillator clinic, a vascular clinic and patient education facilities.
Our Mission statement
“To provide a full continuum of high quality, cost effective, proactive, diagnostic and therapeutic heart & vascular services. The Heart Institute of East Texas will be identified as the premier cardiology group committed to serving and enhancing the well-being of residents of the East Texas region.
The physicians and employees will be committed to functioning as an integrated team and to providing responsive and compassionate care through local and outreach coverage in order to improve access to care and provide a high level of satisfaction among patients, referral sources, and third party payers. Quality of care and services will be identified and monitored on a continuous basis and constantly improved.”
This mission statement continues to drive the efforts of HIET providers and staff today; it guides decision-making and actions on both administrative and clinical levels. The emphasis on providing high quality, cost effective care has not diminished in over 30 years since the practice was founded
History of facility and physicians
Founded in 1982 by Dr. Ravinder Bachireddy and Dr. J.S. Chandra, The Heart Institute of East Texas has been instrumental in bringing state-of-the-art heart care to East Texas. The two physicians, who introduced cardiac care to East Texas, began their practice in a small office on Gaslight Boulevard in Lufkin. When Dr. Bachireddy opened the facility, nearly 100 percent of patients with heart problems went to Houston for care. Today, with the development of this topflight cardiac program in Lufkin, that number has dropped.
From the beginning, it was their goal to bring the level of technology and care of metropolitan areas here so patients would not have to travel long distances for care.
In the ensuing years, they brought break-through technologies to Lufkin. They were the first to bring the new heart procedures to Lufkin. Over the past years they were responsible for:
- The First cardiac catheterization (1987).
- The First balloon angioplasty (1988).
- The First peripheral angioplasty (1989).
- The First directional coronary artheroctomy (1992).
- The First transesophageal echocardiography (1994).
- The First procedure using rotablador technology to clean plaque from arterial walls (1999).
- The First coronary stent (1993).
- The First installation of a cardiverter defibrillator designed to send shocks to a patient’s heart (2001).
- The First implantation of the Kronos LV-T implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) (2007).
- The First in performing “Complete heart catheterization” in the area from wrist/arm approach – (2015).
In 2001, the team of eight physicians moved from their small office into a state-of-the-art, two-story building they had constructed specificially to grow the heart care program for all of East Texas. Within the The Heart Institute is a nationally accredited cardiac catheterization lab and facilities for stress testing, Holter monitoring, two-dimensional echocardiography, a pacemaker clinic, a defibrillator clinic, a lipid clinic, a vascular clinic (to check for blockages in the neck and extremities), and diagnostic cardiac catheterization
Plus, the two have played major roles assisting both Lufkin hospitals in establishing top-rated heart-care programs – Woodland Heights Medical Center and Memorial Health System of East Texas.
When Lufkin’s first heart program was developed at Woodland Heights, Dr. Bachireddy and Dr. Chandra assisted in designing the program and working with the hospital on its development.
This program has been very successful and has done much to make Lufkin the hub of cardiology in Deep East Texas. Also, we feel Memorial’s heart program has further solidified Lufkin’s position as the medical hub for East Texas.
In addition to our Lufkin Offices, we maintain offices in Livingston, Woodville, Jasper, Cleveland, Center, San Augustine, and Hemphill