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Winter 2015
 
January 4, 2016
 
Dear Patient,
I am writing to inform you that due to some change in my personal circumstances, I will no longer be practicing at Pioneer Valley Cardiology Associates (PVCA) in 2016. I have been truly blessed by having wonderful patients and I am deeply grateful for your trust during our time together.
Please be assured that despite my leaving, you will continue to receive excellent care by any of the physicians in the practice. All PVCA physicians and staff stand ready to continue your cardiac care. We also have an excellent panel of physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) who are available to provide care to you.
If you are scheduled for follow-up care, your appointment will be re-directed to another provider. If you are due for a follow-up visit in the coming months, this has been noted in our appointment recall system. You will receive notification from our office to schedule an appointment. Our staff is prepared to help all patients make an appointment with one of our current physicians, a new physician hire, one or our NPs or PAs or another physician outside our practice. We have excellent friendly staff that is ready to help.
I am also happy to tell you that PVCA has hired two new physicians who will begin work this summer. Christopher Russo, MD will be joining the practice in August, 2016 after completion of his Fellowship at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Cheri McGregor, MD will also be joining the Practice this August. Dr. McGregor is completing a four year commitment at the Travis Air Force Base, after completion of her Cardiology fellowship in 2011. For patients who were not scheduled for follow-up until August or beyond, I am confident that you will find Drs. Russo and McGregor available and more than capable of taking care of your cardiac needs.
On a personal note, my years with Pioneer Valley Cardiology Associates have been very rewarding. I leave confident that my colleagues will continue the tradition of excellence and caring that have guided me through my years of practice. You will continue to be well served.
With sincere thanks for our past relationship, and warmest wishes for the future, I remain.
 
Yours Sincerely,
 
Zareen Farukhi, MD.
 
Summer 2015
 
August 14, 2015
 
Dear Patient:
It has been a privilege and a pleasure to be involved in your care over the time we have known each other. I am writing to notify you and your family that I will be retiring from Pioneer Valley Cardiology Associates (PVCA) on September 25, 2015.
All physicians and staff of PVCA stand ready to continue your cardiac care. I can recommend all of my cardiologist partners enthusiastically and without reservation. While our efforts to recruit new physicians to our Practice have not yet resulted in new hire(s), we anticipate this will happen in the near future. In the meantime, if you are scheduled for follow-up care in the coming year, this will be noted in our appointment recall system. Once we have hired new physicians, their arrival will be announced. In the interim, my physician partners and our team of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants will provide care to you as needed.
Our office staff is prepared to help all patients who wish to make a transition to one of our current physicians, a new hire or another physician outside our practice. We have an excellent and friendly office staff that is ready to help.
On a more personal note, I have been fortunate and grateful to have worked with so many wonderful patients. I thank you for the very special gift of your trust. My years with Pioneer Valley Cardiology Associates have been very rewarding. I leave confident that my colleagues will continue the tradition of excellence and caring that have guided me through my years of practice. You will continue to be well served.
With sincere thanks for the past and warm wishes for the future.
 
Robert V. Chircop, MD
 
Fall 2014
 
Dear Patient,
We have been busy at Pioneer Valley Cardiology Associates, Inc. (PVCA) working on some improvements to make your experience at PVCA even better than it has been. We want to take this opportunity to inform you about these exciting updates.
 
Three new talented physicians have joined our team over the last several months. It is with pleasure that we introduce our new physicians: Zareen Farukhi, MD, who completed her Fellowship at Boston University; Sujata Holman, MD, who recently completed her Fellowship at Washington University and Sudhir Reddy, MD, who finished his Electrophysiology Fellowship at Yale-New Haven. In addition, PVCA is pleased to welcome John Zimmerman, MD, who has been a practicing cardiologist in the greater Springfield community since 1987. Drs. Zimmerman and Holman will primarily be providing care at RiverBend Medical Group (RBMG). Three excellent midlevel providers have also joined our RBMG team: Lisa Maheu, PA-C, Lindsey Casey, DNP and Lynn Larochelle, PA-C.
 
To coordinate care with our physicians, we have also added three new midlevel providers at our Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center sites. Sarah Liles, NP, Claire Fortier, PA-C, and John Michael (JM) Cycz, NP have recently joined the PVCA staff. Our midlevel team covers our patients in all settings office, diagnostic testing and both Baystate and Mercy Medical Centers.
 
We continue to provide full coverage at both Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center. Most of our physicians and midlevel providers are a part of our system to provide care for you throughout your hospitalization.
 
We are extremely pleased to announce that our schedule is now open through August 2015. We are committed to providing more extended scheduling capability on an on-going basis. Appointments can be booked for office consultations, routine follow-up care, diagnostic testing and device clinic. Our diagnostic testing capabilities include stress testing, echocardiography, stress echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and holter monitors and event recorders. In addition, our non-invasive vascular testing service has recently expanded to better serve the needs of our patients.
 
We have recently launched a new website. We encourage you to visit the site and explore the user-friendly navigation, receive information about PVCA, learn about helpful resources regarding cardiac tests and procedures, and much more. Please visit the website at www.pvcardiology.com.
 
Last but not least, we thank you for your loyalty to Pioneer Valley Cardiology Associates, Inc. We look forward to continuing to provide you with world-class care for years to come. To make an appointment, please call 413-781-5735 or 413-732-1928. Our staff will be pleased to assist you.
 
Our very best wishes to you,
 
The Providers and Staff of PVCA