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Our Heart History

David Cowherd, M.D. and John Krahnert Jr., M.D.

The FirstHealth heart program is based on tradition, the latest in technology and clinical methods and quality outcomes.

The cardiac catheterization program was started in the ‘80s by Wilson Staub, M.D., Moore Regional Hospital’s first thoracic and peripheral vascular surgeon. Dr. Staub then recruited David Cowherd, M.D., an interventional cardiologist, who performed the hospital’s first catheterization in December 1987. Within a year the number of heart patients, as well as the success rate, of the program were at a high level. The hospital was ready to take the next step in cardiac care – open heart surgery.

John F. Krahnert Jr., M.D. joined the team and assembled a heart surgery team to take the program to the next level. In September 1990, Dr. Krahnert performed Moore Regional Hospitals first open heart procedure, a triple bypass.

The heart program at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital is now one of the top programs in the state of North Carolina and has been named as on the 100 best programs in the country.

With the opening of the Reid Heart Center, the FirstHealth Cardiac and Vascular Institute, the FirstHealth heart program offers state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure all under one roof. The five-story center is over 186,000 square feet with two inpatient floors, one outpatient clinic floor, six operating rooms, five Cath Labs, two Electrophysiology Suites and one floor with Nuclear Medicine.

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