2006-07-07 / Community

PHC Gets OK For Cardiac Cath Laboratory

Peninsula Hospital Center recently announced that the state has approved the hospital's request to construct a $5 million dollar cardiac catheterization laboratory. The New York State Department of Health's certificate of need (CON) approval for a cath lab at Peninsula Hospital Center marked a major step forward in the Hospital Center's goal of developing an Advanced Cardiovascular Services Center of Excellence, said Robert V. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Construction for the cardiac catheterization laboratory will begin this fall and following its anticipated completion in 2007, Peninsula Hospital Center will be the only hospital center featuring a cardiac cath lab on the South Shore of Queens County, the Rockaways and the Five Towns of Nassau County. Peninsula Hospital Center maintains an active affiliation with the North Shore-LIJ Health System and the new adult cardiac catheterization service will be in coordination with LIJ Medical Center's cardiology program. The medical direction of the cardiac cath program will include an on-site Director jointly appointed by Peninsula Hospital Center and LIJ Medical Center. The cardiac cath lab will have full-time staffing and efficient mechanisms for appropriate patient transfers between Peninsula Hospital Center and LIJ Medical Center when required.

"Our cardiology volumes continue to grow and this is a much needed expansion of our cardiac services," said Dr. Narendra Hadpawat, Chief of Cardiology at PHC. Dr. Hadpawat further explained, "Physicians use cardiac catheterization to determine whether a patient with chest pain or other cardiac symptoms has a cardiovascular problem. This diagnostic tool allows a cardiologist to precisely determine how well the heart is pumping and to examine blood flow through the heart arteries - it is like taking a picture of a patient's heart. This procedure guides the physician in choosing the best and most effective treatment for the patient."

Should the catheterization performed at Peninsula Hospital Center show that the patient requires further cardiac intervention, the patient will be managed by the same cardiology team. "Our affiliation with the North Shore-LIJ Health System, one of the finest cardiac care and hospital systems in the region, will be further strengthened. Our patients and our community will greatly benefit from this new advanced Cardiovascular Services Center of Excellence," said Levine.

"We're gratified that the State recognized the strong need for a cardiac cath program on the South Shore of Queens and western Nassau County," said Dr. Stacey Rosen, Chief of Cardiology at LIJ Medical Center. "LIJ Medical Center congratulates Peninsula Hospital Center on its successful application and looks forward to working with the Hospital Center in advancing its cardiovascular services."

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