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Virtua Memorial opens new Cardiac Catheterization Lab



Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly is already well-known for its cardiac catheterization program. Now, that program has a brand-new Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Lab that ushers in a new era in care. "This is a great addition to Virtua's already strong cardiac program," said Richard P. Miller, Virtua president and CEO. The 12,000 square foot lab provides the best technology available to diagnose serious cardiac conditions. Procedure rooms, preparation and recovery areas are housed together, as well as a comfortable waiting room for family members. The investment represents about $7.7 million and the first patients will be seen there in early September. The new lab will transform the way cardiac care is delivered at Memorial. The two procedure rooms are equipped with the latest technology, including an all-digital cardiovascular imaging and archiving system, the clearest visualization of fine vessels, pinpoint diagnostics, immediate life-saving capabilities, and the ability to treat more cardiovascular conditions. "This is state-of-the-art and outfitted with the newest equipment," said Charles Dennis, MD, medical director of the Cath Lab. "We're prepared for the growth that will not only happen in the next few years, but well into the future." Since starting cardiac catheterization procedures in 2003, Virtua Memorial has gone from performing a couple hundred a year to more than 1,000 this year. And that number is expected to increase. "This ultimately helps us accomplish what we do best here at Virtua," said Stephen Kolesk, MD, Virtua Memorial's vice president and COO. "We not only take care of the disease, we take care of the heart, and we heal the person as a whole."
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.