Carondelet Specialist Group, a subsidiary of Carondelet Health Network, is proud to announce the addition of Southwest Heart, an established and well-respected cardiology practice, to its multidisciplinary team of specialists. Founded in 2007, Carondelet Specialist Group is also home to Tucson Vascular Specialists and Arizona Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialists. The addition of Southwest Heart’s six cardiologists and two nurse practitioners expands this multidisciplinary group practice to 15 specialty practitioners.

“The partnership between Carondelet Health Network and these dedicated cardiologists, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons truly enhances our Network’s cardiac care services,” noted Paula Register, Carondelet’s Senior Vice President of Physician, Ambulatory and Continuum Services. “Our vision has always been to provide high quality, comprehensive cardiovascular care -- from prevention and education through Carondelet Medical Group; to intervention, surgical care and post-surgical rehabilitation.”

“Carondelet Health Network’s hospitals are recognized as top providers for comprehensive cardiovascular care,” added Odette Bolano, RN, MHA, FACHE, Executive Vice President for Carondelet Health Network and Chief Executive Officer of Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital and Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute. “That reputation can be attributed to the wonderful work of the more than 1,100 affiliated physicians working in our hospitals and the expertise of our affiliated physician partners -- such as Southwest Heart.”

Southwest Heart’s physicians include Brenda C. Peart, M.D., FACC, FCCP; G. Mason Garcia, M.D., FACC, FCCP; Joseph Chambers, M.D., FACC, FCCP, FSCAI; Lisa M. Castellano, D.O., FACC, FASE; Fraser Richards, M.D., FACC; and Navin Kedia, D.O. The practice also includes two nurse practitioners, Billie Froning, RN, MSN, A/GNP, and Maureen Middleton, MSN, FNP-C. Currently, Dr. Peart serves as Chief of Staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital and is a Medical Director for the hospital’s telecardiology and cardiac rehab programs. Dr. Kedia also serves as a Medical Director for the telecardiology program. 

“We are excited about the strong partnership with Carondelet Health Network,” said Brenda Peart, M.D., FACC, FCCP. “We know that our efforts will be supported, not just in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic cardiac illnesses, but also in our mission to give our patients the time, energy and medical support each person deserves. These are the same values Carondelet embraces.”

Southwest Heart’s Tucson office is located at 6567 E. Carondelet Dr., Suite 225. To contact the office, call 520.886.3432. For a biography and photo of the practice’s clinicians, click on the name: Brenda C. Peart, M.D., FACC, FCCP; G. Mason Garcia, M.D.FACC, FCCP; Joseph Chambers, M.D., FACC, FCCP, FSCAI; Lisa M. Castellano, D.O.; Fraser Richards, M.D., FACC; Navin Kedia, D.O.; Billie Froning, RN, MSN, A/GNP and Maureen Middleton, MSN, FNP-C.

Other Carondelet Specialist Group clinicians include vascular specialists Scott S. Berman, M.D., FACS; Rhonda Quick, M.D., FACS; and Karri Akers, RN, MSN, FNP-C, at Tucson Vascular Specialists, and cardiothoracic specialists Derek W. von Haag, M.D.; Pei H. Tsau, M.D.; Thomas D. Lampros, M.D.; and Eve Roelker, NP, at Arizona Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialists.

About Carondelet Health Network
Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, nonprofit health care system dedicated to responding to the health care needs of Southern Arizonans. With a Mission to Heal, Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 130 years ago. Carondelet Health Network facilities include Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute, Carondelet Neurological Institute on the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Other Carondelet services include fourteen Carondelet Medical Group primary care locations, three Carondelet Specialist Group offices, an ambulatory surgery center and various outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit health care system. In Fiscal Year 2010, Carondelet provided nearly $50 million (8.3 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to health care. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at