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Heart Hospital of Austin's Expansion Increases Patient Capacity by 30 Percent
Date:2/28/2008

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AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Heart Hospital of Austin, Texas' award winning heart hospital, officially opened the expansion of its heart hospital today with the introduction of new operating and procedure rooms, and laboratories. The hospital is rated as the number one overall cardiac program in the State of Texas five years in a row according to HealthGrades, the nation's leading provider of independent hospital ratings. The project involves 4,200 square feet of space and allows the hospital to increase its procedure capacity by 30 percent. "We are honored to officially open the expansion of the Heart Hospital of Austin today," said David Laird, president and CEO of the Heart Hospital of Austin. "This project is an example of our commitment to quality. By introducing new technologies and leading-edge procedures, the Heart Hospital of Austin remains on the cutting edge of today's innovative cardiovascular care."

The Heart Hospital's expansion addresses the many aspects of heart and vascular disease, including Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), a vascular disease affecting arteries outside of the heart and brain, with three new rooms: Austin's only combination Hybrid Operating Room and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, a new Peripheral Vascular Catheterization Laboratory, and a dedicated Electrophysiology Laboratory with a Stereotaxis magnetic navigation system.

Through new technology, such as high resolution cardiovascular imaging systems, physicians are better able to see and perform intricate procedures offering patients higher quality and less invasive treatment. Sophisticated high-definition robotic cameras installed in the rooms make live broadcasting possible for education and conferencing to physicians across the U.S. The rooms also include advanced environmental features to reduce infection rates.
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