By Pat Maurer
MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare held a special Open House and Ribbon Cutting ceremony Monday evening to celebrate the opening of the hospital’s new Cardiac Catheterization Lab.
The expansion at the Medical Center includes a 52 feet by 13 feet sterile processing area located west of the surgical wing. The cardiac cath lab within the surgical suites includes new technology for real time digital imaging that can then 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 for future physician reference. The digital imaging system is a Siemens Artis Zee system with flexible (movable) architecture for use in angiography and fl uoroscopy examinations. It provides excellent visualization for the cardiologist and 3-D applications for speed and precision. Cardiac catheterizations performed at the Medical Center will help cardiologists diagnose severity of blockages in the heart’s blood vessels and identify the best methods of treatment.
The system will also X-Ray other vessels in the body to determine the severity of blockages in area such as the abdomen, neck, arms and legs. Diagnosis and treatment will often be done during the same procedure.
The expansion also includes two new waiting room areas in the main part of the Medical Center and changes in the main lobby registration area.
During the informational part of Monday evening’s tour, Steven Gellman, MD, said the first procedure in the new lab was scheduled for Tuesday morning.
Dr. Gellman, an Invasive Cardiologist who is based in Clare, said he will probably be using the new facility most, but said it will also be used by four others: Interventional Cardiologists Andy Boguszewski, M.D.; Rodney Diehl, D.O.; Michael Lauer, M.D.; and William Felten M.D.
Nurse Practitioner Laura Jaime, M.S.N., F.N.P.B.D. is also a part of the heart and vascular team in Clare. Those who would like additional information about these physicians or Mid-Michigan’s heart program may visit www.midmichigan.org/heart