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Staff photo by Doug Strickland / Champions of Healthcare best physician award winner Dr. Christopher Lesar poses for a portrait at the Vascular Institute of Chattanooga on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Vascular Institute of Chattanooga will open a new and bigger clinic in Cleveland, Tennessee on Monday to introduce outpatient surgical vascular care in the Ocoee Region.

The new 7,700-square-foot facility will also offer clinical, wound care and diagnostic ultrasound for existing and new patients in the Bradley Heritage Medical Park at 4312 Holiday Inn Express Parkway NW. The new clinic will more than double the size of its previous office on N. Lee Highway, which opened in May 2019.

"VIC is excited to be expanding in the Cleveland community," said Chris LeSar, MD, a vascular surgeon and VIC's founding physician. "This new location will allow our patients more access to treatment of vascular issues, and the convenience of performing procedures on site in the new state of the art facility, bringing a whole new level of care for patients."

The facility includes two surgical procedure suites, providing the Ocoee Region's first of its kind outpatient vascular facility that is owned and operated by a private medical provider. The procedure suites are scheduled to open in mid-July. Vascular Institute providers will continue to partner with Tennova Hospital in Cleveland to offer inpatient procedures.

The new Cleveland location is the second VIC outpatient location. It joins the Chattanooga medical facility, located at 2358 Lifestyle Way, Ste. 100. In addition Vascular Institute operates a third clinic in Fort Oglethorpe.

Dr. LeSar, along with vascular surgeons Drs. Dan Krcelic, William Harris, and Elizabeth Hartmann, specialize in vascular procedures and techniques to correct the flow of blood vessels outside of the heart and brain that may be narrowed, blocked, or dilated, including diseases of the Carotid, Aortic, Mesenteric, Renal, or Peripheral arteries.

The diagnostic ultrasound suites provide an area for non-invasive testing to examine the circulation of blood vessels (arteries and veins) within the body and identify potential issues.

For the first time, VIC providers will also provide extremity wound care services in Cleveland.

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