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Regional Hospital Opens Heart and Vascular Institute

Commonwealth Health today unveiled its newly established Heart & Vascular Institute  at Regional Hospital – one of the first phases of the 20/20 Project that was announced earlier this year.

The 13,000-square-foot Heart & Vascular Institute on the hospital’s second floor will allow for all cardiac-related procedures to be performed in one general area, making it more convenient and efficient for both patients and health care professionals.

The Institute includes three cardiac catheterization labs, an electrophysiology lab, a hybrid lab, 10 pre-op/post-op rooms, a post-anesthesia care unit and a diagnostics suite.

The $15 million project was announced last year and includes construction of the Heart & Vascular Institute, purchase of new cardiology equipment and expenses for the relocation of the conference center, along with the expansion of the hospital’s intensive care unit from 16 beds to 24 beds. The larger ICU is expected to be open by the spring.

Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women on national, state and local levels which is a major reason for the strong focus on cardiovascular care at Regional Hospital, according to Justin Davis, CEO of Regional and Moses Taylor hospitals.

Heart disease not only affects older people but is the major cause of premature deaths in Pennsylvania. Lackawanna County has a significantly higher age-adjusted mortality rate than the state average.

Here are some facts about the Heart & Vascular Institute at Regional Hospital of Scranton:

  • 13,000 square feet of space dedicated to cardiac-related care
  • 3 cardiac catheterization labs
  • 1 electrophysiology lab
  • 1 hybrid lab
  • 10 pre-op/post-op rooms (five are new; five are being remodeled in the second phase of project)
  • Cardiovascular diagnostics suite
  • 5-bay post-anesthesia care unit
  • More than 20 staff and independent physicians — cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons – leading a multi-disciplinary group pf health care professionals

This $15 million project:

  • Was announced in August 2016
  • Includes the construction of the Heart & Vascular Institute
  • Purchase of new cardiology equipment
  • Expenses related to the relocation of the conference center
  • Expansion of the intensive care unit from 16 beds to 24 beds (to be completed in the spring)