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November 28, 2018
Specialist in Cardiac Electrophysiology Joins Saratoga Hospital Medical Team
Affiliation with Albany Med brings Dr. Alfred Loka to Saratoga
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, November 28, 2018—Dr. Alfred Loka recently became the first fellowship-trained specialist in cardiac electrophysiology to join the Saratoga Hospital medical team, an arrangement made possible by the hospital’s affiliation with Albany Med.
Dr. Loka has extensive experience in treating and managing abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). He sees patients two days a week in the offices of Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Cardiology at 254 Church St., reducing the need to travel outside Saratoga County for specialty consultations.
Dr. Loka also performs pacemaker and other device implants at Saratoga Hospital. More advanced procedures are done at Albany Medical Center, with follow-up care provided at Albany Med or Saratoga Hospital, as appropriate.
“This is an excellent example of how our affiliation with Albany Medical Center benefits the greater Saratoga region,” said Dr. Richard Falivena, vice president and chief medical and physician integration officer at Saratoga Hospital. “As an affiliate of Albany Med, Saratoga Hospital can tap the expertise of northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center and provide easy access to highly specialized care that previously was not available in our community.”
A member of the Division of Cardiology at Albany Med, Dr. Loka also is an assistant professor of medicine at Albany Medical College. He is board certified in internal medicine with subspecialty certifications in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.
Dr. Loka earned his medical degree from the Universite de Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He completed residency and fellowship training in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease at State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn College of Medicine in New York. In addition, Dr. Loka completed fellowship training in internal medicine and clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.
To make an appointment with a Saratoga Hospital cardiologist, call 518-886-5080. For more information, go to www.saratogahospital.org.
About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. With a medical staff of more than 450 providers, the hospital offers care in a broad range of medical specialties at more than 20 locations including its Wilton campus and the Saratoga Medical Park at Malta. The Saratoga Hospital Medical Group ensures easy access to services that can have the greatest impact on both individual and community health. In keeping with its emphasis on quality, Saratoga Hospital was the first in the Capital Region to earn Magnet designation for nursing excellence. On Jan. 1, 2017, Saratoga Hospital finalized its affiliation with Albany Medical Center, joining Columbia Memorial Health in creating a regionally integrated, locally governed healthcare system. For more information: www.saratogahospital.org or www.facebook.com/SaratogaHospital.
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