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It Takes a Team to Keep Your Heart on Beat

Normally, your heart beats in a regular, even pattern. Heart rhythm problems (known as heart arrhythmias) occur when the electrical pulses in your heart that coordinate your heartbeats don’t work properly, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.
When a patient has a heart rhythm problem, they will see the dedicated team of specialists of Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute’s clinics in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties.

With electrophysiologist Jeff Hsing, MD, at the helm, this team of nine works to give patients the most advanced care for the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm problems, as well as heart device options to improve quality of life. Advances in technology mean patients can even have heart devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators, monitored remotely, so patients do not have to go to the doctor’s office as often.

Together, this team works with each patient to keep their heart on beat so they may celebrate life for years to come.

Meet our team

Jeff Hsing, MD
Hsing is board-certified electrophysiologist, a cardiologist with special fellowship training in heart rhythm problems. He reviews device reports, sees medically-complex patients, and performs procedures and surgery to diagnosis and correct heart rhythm problems.

Amy Campbell, device technician
Campbell works with patients when they call in to report their heart device transmissions over the phone.

Karen Kulp, RN
Kulp conducts one-on-one coaching with every patient who has had a device implanted. Kulp provides education and support, and helps reduce fear, so patients can understand how their heart devices help them and what to expect.

Toni Foltz, RN
Foltz is who patients see first when they come to see Dr. Hsing. She checks blood pressure, weight and other vital statistics and talks with patients about progress and concerns since the last visit. She is often the first resource for any questions patients may have after going home.

Peter Fox, PA-C • Maggie Grimes, PA-C • Tanya Morgenstern, FNP • Debbie Baral, RN • Rick Wolfe, RN
These providers see patients in the clinic to check up on their heart rhythm devices and ensure optimal performance and satisfaction. They receive and review the regular reports from each patient’s device and address any health concerns. For convenience, they see patients at clinics in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City and Toledo.

For more information about the Heart Rhythm Center, call 541-768-4295.