HealthPark Greatly Expanding Space For Cardiac Services

 

HealthPark Medical Center will open a new, greatly expanded center for heart care Monday as part of extensive renovations under way at the Lee County hospital.

The $13 million, 28,500-square-foot cardiology services department includes space for three new catheterization laboratories used to image the heart and diagnose disease, two electrophysiology labs for patients with heart rhythm problems, and a 26-bed cardiac observation unit.

Lab and observation space will be roughly double what HealthPark has most recently had available for patients. Administrators say the new space allows for consolidation of heart care services into a single area of the hospital, which should lead to more timely and efficient services.

Moving patients efficiently through hospitals has been an increasing priority for LeeMemorial Health System as patient volumes, and often long waits for beds, have sharply grown in recent years.

“Now I can get more patients over from other hospitals who need to get procedures done, and I can schedule more outpatients than what I’ve been currently able to schedule,” said Beth Moss, who oversees the cardiac catheterization lab.

Another potential timesaver: All patient bays are equipped with computer monitors plugged into Lee Memorial Health System’s electronic medical records systems. Doctors will be able to retrieve patient histories and the results of any imaging tests as they consult directly with patients.

The new department will also offer catheterization using the radial artery in a patient’s wrist, instead of the femoral artery in the groin. The procedure, a new one for the hospital, promises fewer complications and often much quicker recovery times.

“It’s really a state-of-the-art facility,” said Dr. David Bailey, medical director of the cardiac catheterization lab. “For us, as clinicians, the technology is incredible.”

Similar cardiac services are provided at two of three other Lee Memorial Health System hospitals in Lee County.

But Jim Nathan, health system president and CEO, said Tuesday during a tour of the expanded department that it, and related services at HealthPark, are designed to make the health center the organization’s premier destination for cardiac care.

The expansion is part of a broader $242 million project to move the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida from its space within HealthPark to a new, seven-story building under construction next to the health center.

The Children’s Hospital will open in 2017. That will ultimately free up space for 48 adult inpatient beds at HealthPark.

Other current and recent renovations at HealthPark include the opening of four pediatric operating rooms and the relocation of an outpatient surgery center to make way for a consolidated endoscopy department.

By News Press

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