BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital unveiled the latest expansion of its cardiac services in a new catheterization lab to assist doctors in making diagnostic decisions about a patient’s heart health.
"The $1.5 million cath lab is just the latest investment in the cardiac services program at the hospital which includes expansion in the surgical area and emergency department renovations," said TriStar Greenview CEO Mike Sherrod.
“The new lab will provide a higher level of accessibility and convenience for local doctors when making a diagnosis of heart problems,” said Sherrod.
The new cath lab, a General Electric Innova, is used to obtain images of the heart and locate blockages using an intra-arterial dye with the new imaging technology.
“It’s incredible,” said Michelle Love, RN, Cardiac Cath Manager, who has worked in the cardiac unit for 17 years. “This is the gold standard. We’re very excited with our new system and the services and excellent patient care we are providing.”
In addition to the larger monitor used to examine the heart, the new cath lab allows for a faster diagnosis and less IV dye and exposure to radiation.
The new cath lab, located close to the Emergency Department and the CT scanner, will also allow for faster diagnosis and potentially life-saving treatment.
“Time is critical when treating heart attack patients,” said Sherrod. “Having the equipment we need here at TriStar Greenview to diagnose and in some cases treat patients at an earlier point in their heart attacks saves lives.”
TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital will be hosting a ribbon-cutting and open house for the new cath lab and recently-expanded Emergency Department on Monday, November 4th, 2013 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. The public is invited.