Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Opening of New $4.6 Million Cardiac Cath Lab at Clark Regional Medical Center
Date Posted: Jan 25, 2021
Author: Clark Regional Medical Center
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Winchester, KY (January 22, 2021) – Clark Regional Medical Center (CRMC), along with representatives from the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute Affiliate Network, and distinguished members of the community, celebrated the opening of a new $4.6 million cardiac catheterization (cath) lab. The cath lab paves the way for an interventional cardiology program at CRMC, providing greater access to life-saving heart care in Clark County.

“Today is truly exciting for Clark Regional Medical Center, the community and the entire region we serve. The opening of the cardiac catheterization lab ensures patients in Clark, Powell, Wolfe, Bath, Estill and Montgomery counties have greater access to timely cardiac interventions close to home,” said Matt Smith, Clark Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “The addition of the cardiac cath lab enhances our mission of Making Communities Healthier and demonstrates our commitment to expanding access and services, the ability to invest in new technology and have the capability to meet the needs of our growing community.”

Opening in November 2020, the cath lab has since treated 65 patients, and enabled a range of interventional procedures such as pacemaker and stent insertion, removal of blood clots in the lungs and treatment of heart blockages.

Clark Regional is proud to be an accredited Chest Pain Center and a part of the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute Affiliate Network. Building on a long-standing commitment to quality care and a powerful regional collaboration, the new cardiac cath lab is a tremendous step forward in the fight against heart disease in the region.

The 2,500 square foot building encompasses four pre-procedure bays as well as a post-procedure recovery area. The cath lab is located behind the ambulance bay and surgery pick up area of the hospital. This location is close to the emergency department, ensuring convenient access to rapid evaluation for patients experiencing a cardiac event. 

About Clark Regional Medical Center

Clark Regional Medical Center, part of LifePoint Health®, provides high-quality healthcare services in the east Central Kentucky region and is dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®. A 79-bed, acute care facility, Clark Regional Medical Center offers a wide range of both inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency medicine, cardiology, general surgery, oncology/hematology, orthopedics, radiology, rehabilitation services, transitional care, women’s services, women’s imaging (including 3D mammography) and wound care. The hospital has been recognized for its commitment to quality care and patient safety by national organizations such as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American College of Cardiology (Chest Pain Center accreditation), American College of Radiology, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety and the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Additionally, Clark Regional Medical Center has earned designation as a LifePoint Health National Quality Leader for its ongoing efforts to transform its culture of safety and achieve high standards of quality care, performance improvement and patient engagement. For more information about Clark Regional Medical Center, please call 859-745-3500 or visit ClarkRegional.org. For more information about LifePoint Health, visit www.LifePointHealth.net.

Pictured from left to right: Tammy Moberly, President of the Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Dena Thayer, Cardiac Cath Lab nurse; Kelly Stratton, RN, BSN, MA, CPPS, Senior Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab; Navin Rajagopalan, MD, Professor and Associate Director of the UK Gill Heart and Vascular Outreach and Affiliate Network; Ananth Kumar, MD, Interventional Cardiologist with Clark Clinic Cardiology; Melinda Thomas, Cardiac Cath Lab tech; Crystal Welch, Cardiac Cath Lab nurse; and Cindy Banks, Executive Director of the Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce.