Hospital breaks ground on cath lab

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:38 PM

University Medical Center recently broke ground on a new cardiac catheterization or “cath” lab in Lebanon.  

The new lab will be in addition to the hospital’s current diagnostic capabilities and allow patients’ access to the most minimally invasive techniques available to treat cardiovascular disease. The hospital’s board members and cardiologists were a part of the groundbreaking. Hospital officials said a ribbon cutting ceremony is anticipated upon the completion of the project in a few months.

“This new cardiac cath lab is a great asset to the community members of Wilson County.  We have phenomenal cardiologists on staff here at University Medical Center, representing the best of what Nashville has to offer, and the new cath lab will enhance our physicians’ ability to treat advanced cardiovascular disease closer to home,” said Matt Caldwell, CEO of University Medical Center.  “This is truly a testament of what a community-based hospital can achieve when it commits to delivering the highest quality care.”

This new lab will feature the latest generation of cardiovascular technology, including the Phillips FD20 Flat-Panel digital imaging X-ray system. The technology provides sharper images and the ability to better visualize a patient’s anatomy during a complex procedure.  

“Time is muscle,” Caldwell said. “Every second counts when it comes to a heart attack. The quicker a physician can restore vital blood flow through all of the heart’s arteries, the less damage to the heart muscle should be expected. To restore this blood flow, cardiologists work in a cardiac catheterization lab using a stent or a balloon to open the artery.”

The gold standard for “door to balloon time” set by the American Heart Association is 90 minutes. Caldwell said University Medical Center is committed to outperforming this standard of care.  

University Medical Center is currently a 245-bed, two-campus acute health care facility with more than 230 physicians on staff. The hospital is fully accredited by the state of Tennessee, as well as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. It is the seventh largest hospital in Middle Tennessee. It has more than 600 full- and part-time employees and is the only acute care hospital in Wilson County.

For more information about the cardiac catheterization lab at University Medical Center, call 615-453-4500.

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