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Keesler lab busiest in Defense Department system

BILOXI — The 81st Medical Group Hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory team at Keesler Air Force Base treats more patients annually than any other medical facility in the Department of Defense.

Led by Lt. Col. (Dr.) Steven Kindsvater, 81st Medical Operations Squadron cardiovascular services chief, the 19 medical professionals will complete more than 1,000 procedures in 2010.

Most U.S. military hospitals have seen a decline in heart catheterization lab volume, but not at Keesler.

“What accounts for the high number of procedures is our aggressiveness in seeking patients in our community to treat, including the many veterans we see as a result of our close relationship with the Veterans Administration hospital system,” Kindsvater said.

Kindsvater, who’s been at Keesler since 2002, estimates he has completed at least 7,000 procedures.

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