Clark Regional celebrates $4.6 million cardiac catheterization lab

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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.

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ)Clark Regional Medical Center, along with representatives from the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute Affiliate Network, and 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.

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“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 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.

Clark Regional Medical Center, part of LifePoint Health®, provides high-quality healthcare services in the east Central Kentucky region with the 79-bed, acute care facility.