DELAND, Fla., November 27, 2013 – On November 13, more than 100 community members joined Florida Hospital DeLand at the sixth annual health care recognition dinner at the Victoria Gardens Clubhouse. The event honored cardiologist Francis Alexander Reed, Jr., MD, and invasive cardiologist Oscar West, MD, for their contributions to the health and wellbeing of the community.
“We honor Dr. Reed and Dr. West for making a significant impact on patient care in West Volusia County, both in the past, as well as in the present,” said Lorna Jean Hagstrom, event chair. “They are ‘pioneers’ in our local health care, if you will.”
Originally a primary care physician, Dr. Reed had a practice in DeLand for nine years before leaving the area in 1989 to complete a residency in cardiology at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Clinical Branch. When he returned in 1994, he spent a year commuting to Eustis to practice cardiology and then joined the Daytona Heart Group in DeLand in 1995, where he has remained ever since.
Dr. Reed was involved in initiating phase two cardiac rehabilitation, as well as nuclear stress testing, at Florida Hospital DeLand. He, as well as Internal Medicine physician Dr. Bruce Bigman, were among the first to do complimentary stress tests at the hospital for DeLand’s firefighters. He has served as Vice-Chief of Staff at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City and served on the State Board of the American Heart Association, as well as the President of the Volusia County Chapter. Dr. Reed was also one of the original volunteer physicians for the Good Samaritan Clinic, a medical home for the uninsured of west Volusia County who are at 200 percent of the federal poverty level or below. He still volunteers at the clinic several days a month and is a member of the board of directors.
In 1999, Dr. West opened an invasive cardiology practice in DeLand, where he was instrumental in creating an in-house cardiac catheterization lab, as well as pioneering implantable defibrillators, chest pain accreditation, and, most recently, percutaneous coronary interventions. He has served as Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Director of the Chest Pain Center, a member of the Medical Executive Committee, and is a member on the Peer Review Committee for Quality. He is also a member of the staff at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City. His community service includes two terms as a Trustee on the St. Barnabas Episcopal School Board.
About Florida Hospital DeLand
Florida Hospital DeLand is a 156-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care. The hospital is a member of the Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeLand community. Florida Hospital DeLand is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Disease-Specific Care Certified by the Joint Commission in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery. Additionally, the hospital is Chest Pain Accredited with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and is also a Certified Stroke Center. For more information about Florida Hospital DeLand, visit www.fhdeland.org.
On November 13, City of DeLand Commissioner Leigh Matusick presented a proclamation to invasive cardiologist Oscar West, MD before more than 100 community members at the sixth annual Florida Hospital DeLand health care recognition dinner at the Victoria Gardens Clubhouse.