CardioSolution partner, Mary Rutan Hospital, opens level II cath lab and Heart & Vascular Clinic

Mary Rutan Hospital has opened a level II cardiac catheterization (cath) laboratory. Services include interventional and diagnostic cardiac catheterization, peripheral vascular angiograms and intervention, pacemaker and defibrillator procedures, and loop recorder procedures.

For the community, this means access to emergency interventional heart care, with a cardiologist available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, beginning this month. In addition to emergency services, scheduled procedures will be available locally in their new Heart & Vascular Clinic, minimizing the need for patients to travel far from home.

“We recognized a need for quicker access to these services in Logan County,” noted Chad Ross, chief operations officer at Mary Rutan Hospital. “With the high volume of heart attack patients in our emergency department, we knew we needed a level II cath lab at Mary Rutan Hospital. Enabling our cardiologists to place stents and perform other cardiac interventions without having to transport patients during the most critical time for intervention. Time is muscle, so the faster patients can be treated, the greater the potential to save lives.”

That’s where CardioSolution comes in. Our team of clinical experts worked with leadership at Mary Rutan Hospital to apply for level II status, develop the necessary policies and procedures, and bring in two board-certified interventional cardiologists, as well as an experienced team of Cath Lab nurses and technologists. The new team approach integrates EMS, emergency department, cardiac catheterization lab and critical care services to provide efficient and effective responses to local cardiac emergencies.

“When experiencing a heart attack, a delay in restoring blood flow to the heart muscle can result in greater damage and a higher likelihood of death,” explains CardioSolution cardiologist Dr. Lou Vadlamani. “With the opening of the level II cath lab at Mary Rutan Hospital, we can diagnose and treat acute blockages in the coronary artery on-site, which gives the community increased access to potentially life-saving care. We now have the team and the technology to get this done quickly and without having to transfer the patient to another facility.”

“Achieving a level II cath lab certification is a major step forward in the growth of our cardiovascular care,” said Michael Hoehn, Director of Cardiology at Mary Rutan Hospital. “With cardiologists available 24/7, we can respond quickly to patient needs for cardiac studies and interventional procedures, and our advanced technology will provide our cardiologists the in-lab imaging and diagnostic capabilities needed for today’s complex treatments.”