Department Spotlight

Heart & Vascular

Intervention Procedures, Risk Evaluation Among Services at Heart & Vascular

Hattiesburg Clinic’s Heart & Vascular department provides diagnostic testing, cardiac intervention and cardiothoracic surgery for a variety of cardiac disorders.

Ancillary services include echocardiography, PET/nuclear scanning, cardiac CT, pacemaker, vascular lab and clinical research. The department also offers advanced intervention procedures, such as transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) using a MitraClip, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), Watchman implant and radiofrequency ablation (RFA).

A unique, self-referring service offered by the department is the Cardiovascular Assessment Risk Evaluation, or CARE. Through CARE, technology is used to measure patients’ cardiac calcium score to detect heart artery blockages before symptoms are present.

Heart & Vascular is also home to new PET technology designed to perform faster and produce higher quality images with less radiation exposure to patients. The equipment, called the GE Discovery IQ PET system, is used for cardiac PET exams to evaluate the health of a person’s heart based on blood flow to the heart.

The Heart & Vascular staff includes 85 employees and 27 providers. The department’s primary location is on the third floor of Hattiesburg Clinic’s main campus. However, it also provides services at 11 satellite locations in Bay Springs, Collins, Columbia, Lake Serene (Hattiesburg), Magee, Picayune, Prentiss, Richton, Waynesboro and Wiggins, as well as The Heart Care Center of Laurel.

Aside from the staff’s dedication to treating cardiac disorders, they also have a passion for showing their appreciation for law enforcement. “The employees of our department raise money throughout the year and host a major annual event to honor area law enforcement,” said John Weems, administrator for Heart & Vascular. “Frances Findley, our clinical research coordinator, heads up this event. It is supported mainly by Heart & Vascular staff. We also get volunteers from other departments and from the community.”

Heart & Vascular can be reached at 601-268-5800. To learn more about the department, it’s services or providers, visit


415 S. 28th Avenue
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: 601-268-5800