Pediatric Cardiology outreach expands to Eau Claire
Susan MacLellan-Tobert, MD, FACC, FAAP, Gundersen Pediatric Cardiology
Gundersen Health System's board-certified pediatric cardiologists Susan MacLellan-Tobert, MD, FACC, FAAP, and Christen Chamberland, MD, FAAP, are making it easier for children with congenital or acquired heart disease to receive care close to home. They offer pediatric cardiology outreach at the Gundersen Tomah Clinic and will be expanding their services to Eau Claire in May 2017.
Dr. MacLellan-Tobert and Dr. Chamberland will travel monthly to Oakleaf Clinics, 3802 W Oakwood Mall Drive, Eau Claire, to provide consultative and follow-up appointments, and echocardiography (see sidebar) for a full range of congenital and acquired pediatric heart conditions from fetal life through adulthood. Dr. MacLellan-Tobert has a special interest in echocardiography. Dr. Chamberland has additional training in fetal cardiology and a special interest in bicuspid aortic valve disease.
They also evaluate pediatric patients with:
- Chest pain
- Palpitations or irregular rhythm
- Family history of cardiac concerns
- Heart infection
- Other abnormal heart test results
Referrals are appropriate for any pediatric patients with congenital heart disease, even if the condition has been successfully treated. "Patients often require ongoing monitoring because they can be at greater risk for cardiovascular problems into adulthood. It is our goal to detect problems early," says Dr. MacLellan-Tobert.
"It's our hope that by bringing the Pediatric Cardiology service to Eau Claire, we can better serve our patients and their families by keeping their follow-up and long-term heart care close to home," states Dr. Chamberland.
For a consultation or referral appointment with Pediatric Cardiology, contact Gundersen Pediatric Specialties via MedLink at (800) 336-5465 or in La Crosse at (608) 775-5465.
Pediatric echocardiography available throughout the region
In addition to pediatric echocardiography at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, this service is offered for children at all our outreach locations that offer echocardiography, including Gundersen clinics in Hillsboro, Onalaska, Prairie du Chien, Sparta, Tomah, Viroqua and Whitehall in Wisconsin; Decorah and West Union in Iowa and Cresco Regional Health Services. Pediatric echocardiography is now available in Eau Claire at Oakleaf Clinics and Sacred Heart Hospital.
Note: Echocardiograms are available for children age 3 and older without a scheduled cardiology consult. Echocardiograms for children under age 3 may be available in conjunction with a cardiology consultation.
If you're affiliated with Gundersen, you can order an echocardiogram through Epic, otherwise contact Pediatric Specialties via MedLink at the number above.