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Dr. Jeff Watkins, interventional cardiologist at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, led a medical team that performed Bemidji's first cardiac catheterizations Thursday. He is pictured Friday afternoon in the cardiovascular lab at the hospital. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Cardiac catheterizations begin at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center; New cardiovascular center to open in 18-24 months

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Dr. Jeffrey Watkins believes Sanford Bemidji Medical Center could do 500 or more cardiac catheterizations a year.

That would be quite a feat for a hospital that, before this week, didn't do any.


On Thursday, Watkins and his staff performed Bemidji's first three cardiac catheterizations, a procedure used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions.

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