HOBART, IN – St. Mary Medical Center is unveiling a new space dedicated to cardiovascular patients receiving outpatient diagnostics, treatments and disease management services. The newly expanded Cardiovascular Outpatient Services area features advances in technologies and techniques for treatment of a variety of cardiac conditions such as those performed in the electrophysiology lab and cardiac catheterization laboratory.
“The growth of minimally-invasive procedures and outpatient treatment options for patients with heart disease or related conditions is redefining our care-delivery models,” says Janice Ryba, CEO at St. Mary Medical Center. “With our continued growth, it was clear we needed to expand the space and amenities dedicated to patients receiving outpatient cardiovascular procedures.”
The 14,000 square foot renovation and expansion project includes:
- Electrophysiology (EP) Lab Services location with new family/companion area
- Multi-use Outpatient Clinic
- Interventional Radiology assessment area
- Limb Ischemia and Vascular Excellence Clinic (LIVE)
- Addition of third Cardiac Catheterization Lab for increased capacity in serving our cardiology, interventional radiology and peripheral vascular patients
- Cardiovascular Outpatient Unit expanding to 20 private rooms
- Comfortable, centralized area for patients undergoing observation for chest pain
“Patients who arrive in our emergency room with chest pains, are treated and often require 24-hour observation in a telemetry bed,” says Shannon Moyers, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager of the Cardiovascular Outpatient Unit (CVOP). “This new space will allow us to comfortably accommodate them and their families during that observation time, while remaining close to all the equipment and technology needed if a cardiac event would occur.”
The new area also has features clinic space for the new peripheral vascular disease program at St. Mary Medical Center. “We are performing some of the most advanced treatments available for patients living with peripheral vascular disease, including those at risk for amputation,” says Cardiologist Anas Safadi, MD, ABVM, FACC, FSCAI, medical director of the Limb Ischemia and Vascular Excellence (LIVE) program at the hospital. “We are able to perform the entire array of endovascular procedures that could be used to significantly reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life for these patients.”
“Our entire cardiology services team – physicians, nurses, technologists and leadership – worked together to create a space that would prioritize patient comfort and safety, while anticipating the needs of future growth and technologies” adds Ryba. “Our patients and families can continue to expect the highest level of care -- today and well into the future, thanks to our team’s efforts.”
For more information about the cardiovascular services offered at St. Mary Medical Center, visit comhs.org.