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Sharon Regional Health System opens second catheterization/interventional
Sharon Regional Health System is now using its new Philips Integris cardiac/interventional
cath lab. Technicians from Philips Medical Systems North America recently completed
the final phases of installation and testing.
The new lab is capable of performing all cardiac and peripheral vascular diagnostic
and therapeutic procedures and will be used by Sharon Regional's four board
certified cardiologists and two board certified interventional radiologists.
Since the lab can perform both types of studies, patients suspected of having
multiple areas of arterial disease such as carotid arteries in the neck and
coronary arteries in the heart can benefit from having both areas imaged one
after the other without leaving the room.
According to Paul Smart, M.D., interventional radiologist and director of
medical imaging, "The addition of this new lab along with the arrival of
Dr. Vinay Madan, our new interventional radiologist, gives Sharon Regional the
ability to offer a number of new and advanced interventional procedures."
Sharon Regional is the only hospital in Mercer County to have the availability
of a second cardiac cath lab, and the only hospital capable of performing advanced
heart procedures such as angioplasty, stent placement, rotoblator procedures,
and others that are performed in the cath lab setting.
Adding the second lab also reinforces the Health System's commitment to patient
safety and security. James P. Landis, Jr., M.D., cardiologist and medical
director of The Heart Institute, reinforced the importance of patient safety
in the Heart Institute.
"With the inception of open heart surgery at Sharon Regional this past summer,
we were insistent upon having two open heart operating rooms, two cardiac surgeons,
two perfusionists, and other duplicate technologies/staff so we always have
total back-up capabilities for the safety of our patients," Dr. Landis stated.
"Now that we're also doing invasive procedures such as angioplasty and stents,
we also have the added security of a complete back-up system through this new
second cath lab."
For more information, please call Sharon Regional's Health Information Center
at 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.