Covenant Medical Center to Install Second Catheterization Lab

By: Augusta Sires Date Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Covenant Medical Center to Install Second Catheterization Lab
Board Approves $1.8 Million for New Catheterization Lab Equipment


We are pleased to announce that the Covenant Medical Center Board approved the purchase of new catheterization lab equipment for a second cath lab at the hospital. The group approved the $1.8 million needed to equip the cath lab with the latest in advanced image quality digital technology, allowing Covenant cardiologists to view the coronary arteries in high definition quality.

On May 23, 2012, the Certificate of Need State Health Facilities Council, through the Iowa Department of Public Health, unanimously voted that this equipment is a justified need at Covenant Medical Center. The new equipment will allow the cardiologists to continue performing heart-related procedures including interventional catheterizations, diagnostic procedures, peripheral interventions, and other life-saving techniques on heart patients with exceptional picture definition.

Having a second cath lab will increase the amount of patients that can be seen, as well as improve the patient experience.

“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.”

The new cath lab equipment will take up to six months to install after it arrives at Covenant Medical Center. The equipment will allow Covenant’s cardiology team to continue combating heart disease 24/7/365. When heart patients need interventional cardiac services, including emergency interventions and vascular work, Covenant Medical Center has the capability to improve the lifestyle of those who suffer from congestive heart failure, vascular stenosis and other devastating heart diseases.