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St. Mary Announces Major Expansion in Cardiology Capabilities
Date:4/16/2008

s and the most updated technology definitely play a role in our ability to perform the most complex cardiac procedures," says Chief of Cardiology Dr. Richard Leshner. "The new procedure rooms allow us to cater to the aging population throughout the region that has come to depend on us to have the very best," Leshner added.

The cath lab initiative begins in 2008 and occurs in two phases. As a part of phase one, two new, state-of-the-art cardiac cath labs will be built on the second floor of the Medical Center in the Outpatient Care Facility near the Cardiovascular Care Unit. In a second phase, two additional cath labs and more than 20 private patient rooms will be built nearby. At the end of the project, St. Mary will have a total of four new, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs. The St. Mary Medical Center Foundation received a $1 million grant from the County of Bucks Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to support the cardiac cath lab expansion.

The three original cath labs that have resided on the hospital's ground floor will be closed to make room for a planned surgery expansion.

"It's great to see St. Mary continuing to take a leadership role in cardiac care," says Director of Interventional Cardiology Dr. George Heyrich. "With the number of cardiac catheterizations we already perform and the completion of these four procedures rooms, we rival any hospital in the region."

Providing vital services to the community, the cardiac cath labs employ the latest technology and advanced clinical procedures to diagnose blockages and narrowing in the arteries, evaluate the pumping ability of the heart and the function of heart valves, and to measure pressures within the heart.

Other procedures performed in the St. Mary Cardiac Catheterization Labs include:

-- Emergency Balloon Angioplasty - While most cath lab procedures are not

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