Expansion starts, Cath lab to open in April 2013

MidMichigan Medical Center–Clare broke ground in early October on an expansion project that will include a new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory slated to open in April 2013.

“We expect to begin doing diagnostic catheterizations and peripheral vascular interventions beginning in April,” said Ray Stover, president of MidMichigan Medical Center–Clare. “Our cardiologists are committed to performing these procedures at the Medical Center , and this will be a new, high-quality service for our community members.”

Cardiac catheterizations performed at the Medical Center in Clare will help cardiologists diagnose severity of blockages in the heart’s blood vessels and identify the best methods of treatment. Peripheral vascular procedures are performed to determine the severity of vessel blockages in other areas of the body such as the abdomen, neck (carotid artery), arms and legs. Diagnosing peripheral vascular blockages and treating the blockage will often be done during the same procedure.

The addition is 52 feet by 13 feet and will be located west of the surgical wing. Exterior construction will occur in October and November, with occupancy as a sterile storage area in December. Then, internal renovations and changes will be made that will transform an existing third operating room in the surgical suites to the heart catheterization lab.

New technology in the cath lab will include digital imaging in real-time that can be stored for future reference by physicians associated with each patient’s care. The information will also be available throughout MidMichigan Health in a picture archiving system. The digital imaging system is a Siemens Artis Zee system with flexible (movable) architecture for use in angiography and fluoroscopy examinations. It provides excellent visualization for the cardiologist and 3-D applications for speed and precision.

Other renovations include the creation of two new waiting room areas in the main part of the Medical Center and reconfiguration of the main lobby registration area for enhanced patient privacy and more efficient patient movement through registration.

Project management is under Three Rivers Corporation with subcontractors, including Robbin Harsh Excavating, Inc., Coleman Electric Services, Inc., Bonham Heating and Cooling, Inc., and others from throughout the region.