History

From its beginning, when Robert E. Swint, MD, founded Swint Cardiology, Lutheran Medical Group physicians have led the way in medical advances that have contributed to improved outcomes and a better quality of life for patients. The group's commitment to its founder's values and philosophy of placing patient needs first is the key to providing compassionate, personal and professional healthcare to all patients.

In May 2009, Lutheran Health Network formed Lutheran Medical Group. The Heart Center Medical Group was the first physician group to join LMG, an LHN entity that uses a physician-integration approach to patient care instead of the traditional employed-physician model. LMG combines expertise from both organizations to streamline patient-care delivery by:

  • Removing access barriers.
  • Creating a seamless flow of patient information across the care spectrum.
  • Eliminating duplication of services.
1977 Swint Cardiology is founded by Robert E. Swint, MD. Dr. Swint practices in a 400-square-foot office in the Duemling Clinic with one nurse and one secretary.
1977 The first heart catheterization is performed.
1978 The first regional heart clinic opens in Paulding, Ohio
1979 Swint & Jones Cardiology is founded when Mark Jones, MD, joins Dr. Swint's practice.
1981 The first coronary angioplasty is performed.
1982 The practice is renamed Swint, Jones & Kaminskas when David Kaminskas, MD, joins the group.
1983 The group moves to its new space on South Wayne Street with five cardiologists and 10 staff members and changes its name to Cardiology Consultants.
1984 A regional heart clinic opens in Dekalb County.
1985 The first stress echocardiogram is performed.
1985 The group is part of the team that performs the first heart transplant at Lutheran Hospital.
1985 A regional heart clinic opens in Warsaw at Kosciusko Community Hospital.
1986 The first Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (AICD) is implanted.
1987 A regional heart clinic opens in Van Wert, Ohio.
1988 The first corporate wellness clinic in a private practice opens.
1988 The group, now with five cardiologists, renames itself The Heart Center Medical Group. Two more cardiologists join later that year.
1989 The first free-standing outpatient catheterization lab in Indiana opens.
1989 By the end of the year, 11 cardiologists make up HCMG.
1990 The first transesophageal echocardiogram is performed.
1991 HCMG, with 11 cardiologists, opens its new 49,000 square-foot facility at 7836 W. Jefferson Blvd.
1991 The first catheter ablation for heart rhythm is performed.
1992 A regional heart clinic opens in Adams County.
1993 HCMG adds pulmonology as its first subspecialty.
1996 Internal medicine is added as the second subspecialty.
1997 The first PerClose heart catheterization is performed.
1998 Gastroenterology is added as a subspecialty.
1998 Rheumatology is added as a subspecialty.
2001 HCMG opens a clinic at Dupont Hospital.
2002 Allergy/Immunology is added as a subspecialty.
2004 The first capsule endoscopy in northern Indiana is performed.
2004 The first External Counterpulsation (ECP) in northern Indiana is performed.
2004 The current 82,000 square-foot facility at 7916 W. Jefferson Blvd. opens with 38 physicians on staff.
2006 Infectious disease is added as a subspecialty.
2007 Hospitalist program begins at Lutheran Hospital.
2008 HCMG opens a clinic at Parkview Huntington Hospital in Huntington County.
2008 Hospitalist program begins at Dupont Hospital.
2009 HCMG joins the Lutheran Health Network and becomes Lutheran Medical Group.
2009 LMG opens a clinic in Wabash County.

LUTHERAN HEALTH NETWORK
BLUFFTON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER | DUKES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL | DUPONT HOSPITAL* | KOSCIUSKO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL*
LUTHERAN HEALTH PHYSICIANS | LUTHERAN HOSPITAL* | THE ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL* | REDIMED | REHABILITATION HOSPITAL*
ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL*

*A physician owned hospital.

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