Vein Clinics of America opens Ohio location

IntegraMed America (Purchase, New York), a provider of specialty healthcare services in emerging, technology-focused segments, said that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Vein Clinics of America (VCA), has opened its first office in Ohio, representing its 33rd location in the U.S. Located in Cincinnati, the new location offers the latest in vein disease diagnosis and treatment.

"I am excited to be a part of the VCA team and look forward to offering patients in the Cincinnati area the latest in minimally invasive techniques for diagnosing and treating their chronic vein problems. It is rewarding for both physicians and patients to see the results we are able to achieve helping to alleviate the discomfort and pain brought on by this progressive condition," said Kevin McChord, MD, practicing physician at VCA's Cincinnati office.

VCA has more than 25 years of experience in the vein care field, specializing in all aspects of vein disease, including varicose veins, spider veins and leg ulcers. The IntegraMed Vein Clinic network operates 33 centers in 13 states, principally in the Midwest and Southeast.

ATS Medical forms surgical advisory board

ATS Medical (Minneapolis) reported the formation of the ATS Medical Cryoablation Surgical Advisory Board.

The board is comprised of prominent advocates of the surgical treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, including James Cox, MD, ATS medical director and creator of the Maze procedure; Niv Ad, MD, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (Fairfax, Virginia); Steven Bolling, MD, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan); Eva Berglin, MD, Sahlgrenska University Hospital (Goteborg, Sweden); Randolph Chitwood Jr., MD, East Carolina University (Greenville, North Carolina); Ralph Damiano, MD, Washington University (St. Louis); James Gammie, MD, University of Maryland (Baltimore); Marc Gillinov, MD, Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland); and Friedrich Mohr, MD, University of Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany).

The goal of the Cryoablation Surgical Advisory Board is to lend surgeon advocacy and direction to ATS Medical's position and strategy in the surgical ablation market.

Alliance Imaging to change name

Alliance Imaging (Newport Beach, California) said that its board and shareholders have approved a change of the company's name to Alliance HealthCare Services, effective Feb. 17.

Under the umbrella of Alliance HealthCare Services, the company's imaging and oncology divisions will continue to operate under the names of Alliance Imaging and Alliance Oncology. The company will also continue to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the "AIQ" trading symbol.

Alliance Imaging is a national provider of shared-service and fixed-site diagnostic imaging services, based upon annual revenue and number of diagnostic imaging systems deployed, and a provider of radiation therapy services.