Covenant Medical Center Installs Second Catheterization Lab

posted 12/17/2012 by Augusta Sires in News

Covenant Medical Center Installs Second Catheterization Lab
New Cath Lab Will Open January 2013

Covenant Medical Center (CMC) is pleased to announce the addition of its second catheterization (cath) lab. Cath labs allow our cardiologists to perform life-saving, heart-related procedures when our patients need us most.

During a cath procedure, a thin, flexible tube, called a catheter, is inserted into an artery in a patient's groin or wrist. The catheter is slowly moved further into the artery and to the heart. The catheter allows cardiologists to see the inside of a patient’s arteries and heart. These images can be used as a diagnostic tool to figure out what is wrong with a patient's cardiovascular system, or it can also be used as a form of treatment for coronary artery disease.

We thank our dedicated patients for choosing our hospital for their cardiac needs. Due to our growing patient volume, having a second cath lab will increase the amount of patients that can be seen, as well as improve the patient experience. The equipment allows Covenant’s cardiology team to continue combating heart disease 24/7/365.

“We can see more patients with less disruption of patient care with this second cath lab,” said Mac McDonald, Cardiopulmonary Service Line Director at Covenant Medical Center. “Another advantage is that when one cath lab is down for routine or unexpected maintenance, scheduled cases will not have to be rescheduled. We are pleased to say those who count on us to take care of their sickest cardiac patients can continue to depend on us for excellent care.”

In June 2012, the Covenant Board of Directors approved the $1.8 million needed to support a second cath lab with required equipment. Installation is nearing completion and the lab will begin operation in January 2013.