Chandler Regional Medical Center will serve its first patients in the newly completed $9.9 million expansion of its cardiac catheterization (cath) laboratory on Sept. 6. Part of the Heart and Vascular Center’s Invasive Cardiology Program, the cardiac cath lab has grown from treating 147 patients in the first year (2001) to nearly 4,000 patients in 2010.
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing a half million people each year,” said Patty White, president and CEO of Chandler Regional Medical Center. “Cardiology is one of our key services lines, and we’re addressing the community’s critical need for additional capacity in this area.”
The expanded lab is housed in a two-story addition on the southwest corner of the hospital contiguous with the existing lab, and includes two new catheterization labs, an additional nine private bed pre/post holding unit, an enhanced central monitoring station and other ancillary support infrastructure.