New Cardiac Services Equipment
Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System has installed new, state-of-the-art cardiac equipment in its Heart, Lung and Vascular Center. The upgrades will take place on one of the two 500-square-foot angiography suites with equipment that will enable a higher volume of diagnostic imaging procedures while enhancing patient and staff safety. The updated suite will be fully operational in October 2022.
Angiography is a type of medical imaging used to visualize the inside of blood vessels, arteries, veins and the heart chambers. The technology allows the health care provider to check for heart disease (such as coronary artery disease, heart valve disease or disease of the aorta), to check the function of a patient’s heart muscle and to intervene with a stent if a blockage is found.
The imaging system is one of the newest iterations of image-guided X-ray procedural cardiac equipment. Brad Richardson, RCIS, manager of cardiac and pulmonary services at Morristown-Hamblen, says, “Our facility is the first in Tennessee to have this type of system in our angiography suite. This is one of the newest, most advanced angiography imaging systems available on the market today.
“Right now, we have eight pre-op/recovery beds in the cardiac cath lab. Having two operational angiography suites will allow us to provide care to two patients at the same time,” he explains. “The equipment provides incredible image clarity while reducing radiation exposure. Reducing radiation exposure allows us to perform procedures with less risk to our patients and staff. This system will also allow interfacing of other diagnostic imaging with cardiac procedures, in essence ‘working in 3D.’”
“Our cardiac cath lab team provides 24/7/365 emergency and routine cardiac care,” he adds. “Our cardiac team at Morristown-Hamblen works collaboratively across our entire facility. From the moment a patient arrives, each team member strives to place patients first while providing excellent care.”
“Investing in the most recent and updated equipment shows our deep and longstanding commitment to our community,” said Gordon Lintz, president and chief administrative officer of Morristown-Hamblen. “Morristown-Hamblen has taken care of this community for 125 years, and this equipment will allow us to continue providing the most high-quality, patient-centered care possible for many years to come.”
Richardson notes, “Morristown-Hamblen is the only hospital between Knoxville and the Tri-Cities equipped to diagnose and treat an active heart attack. We can stop an active heart attack faster than the drive from Morristown to Knoxville. In emergencies, we average less than 55 minutes from patient arrival to open heart arteries.”
“We provide life-saving cardiac care to the residents of Hamblen and surrounding counties,” he says. “Because of our dedicated cardiac cath lab space and multidisciplinary care, the cardiac service line has been repeatedly been awarded Gold status or higher by the American Heart Association.”