J.C. Blair Announces Plans for a Heart Catheterization Lab
Huntingdon, PA, 11/10/16 – J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital announced its plan to work with PinnacleHealth’s CardioVascular Institute to bring a cardiac catheterization lab to Huntingdon. A hospital team has been working with an architectural firm to develop the plans, which were submitted and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. A May 2017 start-up date is anticipated.
Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that allows a cardiologist to effectively diagnose, and often treat, heart problems in patients who are suspected of having a blockage or other issues within the arteries.
“When a patient comes to J.C. Blair’s ER with chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, or any combination of those symptoms, we will run screening tests to see if a blockage may exist, and then quickly transfer them to another hospital for a cardiac catheterization,” said John Roth, M.D., medical director of J.C. Blair’s emergency department. “With a cath lab at J.C. Blair, we will be able to keep more patients at J.C. Blair with the same cardiology team that I would be referring to, right here at J.C. Blair at a critical, life-saving moment.”
PinnacleHealth has agreed to provide the equipment, and J.C. Blair’s cardiologists are working with the PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute team to develop this new diagnostic and treatment service at J.C. Blair.
“The PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute provides nationally acclaimed cardiovascular and thoracic care using leading-edge technology. PinnacleHealth is one of just a few facilities on the East Coast that has earned the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) designation, which requires that every team member must become a board-certified Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist within two years of starting work in our cardiac catheterization lab,” said Michael A. Young, president and CEO of PinnacleHealth System. “We’re pleased to be able to share our expertise with J.C. Blair to expand patients’ access to the most advanced treatment options.”
J.C. Blair’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Hawkins added, “Our patients need J.C. Blair to provide this often life-saving service right here in our community. Our team of cardiologists will be working with PinnacleHealth’s CardioVascular Institute to provide a high level of cardiovascular diagnostic services to our patients in Huntingdon.”
In addition to diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, J.C. Blair also plans to add intervention and treatment services that will include coronary stents, peripheral angiograms, vascular angioplasty and stents, and pacemaker and defibrillation implantation. A congestive heart failure clinic and a pacemaker/implantable cardioverter defibrillator clinic will also be part of the new J.C. Blair Cardiac Care Center. To contact J.C. Blair’s Cardiac Care Center, call (814) 643-8478.
On Friday, January 6, the construction crew from Alexander Building Construction Company began preparations for building the new heart catheterization lab. The contractor, along with JPT Architects and J.C. Blair staff members met to discuss the project which will include a new and expanded endoscopy suite as well as a new cath lab. The cath lab will be built out of the current endo suite and OR #4, while the endo suite will be built in existing office and storage space off the corridor near the single elevator. The endo suite has been temporarily moved to OR #3 until the end of March, when the new endo suite is expected to be completed. The cath lab is expected to be completed in May.
OR and endoscopy services will continue uninterrupted throughout construction; however, there will be some inconveniences that construction brings that we will all work through together.
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