To better meet the needs of heart and vascular patients, Goshen Hospital has built a brand new, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab. A cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure that enables cardiologists to access the heart and circulatory system with a small poke in a patient’s wrist or groin to see how well the blood vessels are working. If blood flow in an artery is blocked, often the cardiologist can repair it to restore normal blood flow to the heart – without having to schedule another procedure or cut the chest open for bypass surgery.
“Cardiac catheterization is the most common heart procedure we do, and minimally invasive heart procedures are the most common interventions,” said Ram Khattri Chettri, MBA-HCM, MS, RN, Service Line Administrator, Goshen Heart and Vascular Services. “This new lab allows us to get procedures done more safely and in less time.”
Other benefits of the new lab are that it enables physicians to do vascular procedures through the entire body and it is equipped with better imaging capabilities to view the heart and vascular system with greater clarity and specificity than ever before. Finally, patients’ exposure to radiation and imaging chemicals (also called “contrast media”) is reduced in the new lab. This new technology delivers higher quality and greater protection for patients and professionals as all new and advanced technologies do.
The catheterization lab is the main stop for heart attack patients, so the new lab supports Goshen Hospital in providing nationally recognized heart attack care. Since 2012, Goshen Hospital has consistently earned the Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association for delivering outstanding heart attack care.
“This new catheterization lab allows people in our community to receive state-of-the-art care,” said Randy Christophel, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Investing in this lab reflects our commitment to providing innovative and outstanding care to heart patients, at a time when heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. for men and women.”
Goshen Hospital’s new cardiac catheterization lab brings the latest innovations in imaging, enabling cardiologists to view the heart and vascular system with greater clarity and specificity.