Published on August 19, 2013

August 19, 2013

Rex Heart and Wake Heart to Form Leading Cardiovascular Practice, N.C. Heart & Vascular

New Group Will Collaborate to Offer Enhanced Access to Care, Treatments and Research

RALEIGH, N.C – Two of the state's top cardiology practices have joined forces to form North Carolina Heart & Vascular, a new physician group focused on improving access to specialized cardiovascular care for patients throughout central and eastern North Carolina with innovative treatments and research.

The union combines Wake Heart & Vascular Associates (WHV) and Rex Heart & Vascular Specialists, practices with long histories of providing excellent care and successful outcomes for thousands of patients every year. The new group will have nearly three dozen physicians working out of 19 offices in 10 counties who will collaborate on patient care, new treatments and technology, research studies and more. The group works closely with colleagues at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill and will help orchestrate patient care at the N.C. Heart & Vascular Hospital, which is scheduled to open in late 2016 at Rex Healthcare’s main campus in Raleigh.

"Our practices have worked closely together, and this union will help solidify our ability to collaborate on improving access to care and elevating the level of care available," said Dr. Bill Newman, who helped found WHV nearly three decades ago. "We're blending two premiere cardiology practices to make something that's completely unique in our state."

"We are all working toward the same goal of giving patients the best possible outcomes," said Dr. James Zidar, a founder of Rex Heart. "This will allow physicians in Raleigh and elsewhere to work closely with UNC and their academic medical center on a common vision of improving patient care."

"As the health-care provider serving all North Carolinians, it's important that we have the heart and vascular infrastructure and organization in place that is able to deliver high quality outcomes," said Erick Hawkins, vice president for Heart and Vascular Services with UNC Health Care. "This union also ties into our mission of keeping costs down by finding new ways to work more efficiently."

North Carolina Heart & Vascular's trusted physicians and care team will continue offering all care and services of the original groups, with a seamless transition for patients. The new practice will operate out of existing offices across central and eastern North Carolina, providing community-centered access to specialized diagnosis, innovative treatments and the latest research in cardiovascular care.

For more information, to find the closest office or to make an appointment, visit or call your local office. For a list of office locations and phone numbers, call 919-784-5500.