2007-09-14 / Community

PHC Names New Cath Lab Director

Thomas Brando, RN Thomas Brando, RN Thomas Brando, RN, has been named the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Peninsula Hospital Center.

Brando comes to the Peninsula Hospital Center from its affiliate, North Shore-LIJ Health System, where he worked for the past 20 years. Since 2004, he worked in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, where he was responsible for and recovery of cardiac cath patients. His background includes 19 years as a critical care nurse in North Shore's Cardiothoracic Unit. He also served at North Shore in the Nursing Education Department, where he functioned as a resource person, followed up on new nurse orientations, coordinated management from each unit, and planned inservice education.

The Cath Lab at Peninsula Hospital Center is in the critical planning phase and Brando has been brought on board during this preliminary stage so that he can be intimately involved in the early development of the policies and procedures that will be utilized in the lab. Brando, in collaboration with the physicians from North Shore-LIJ Health System (Dr. Barry Kaplan of LIJ Medical Center) and Peninsula Hospital Center (Dr. Narendra Hadpawat), will participate in the selection of new state-ofthe art catheterization equipment, the architectural plans for the fourth floor of the Hospital Center that will house the lab, as well as the start of the actual construction phase. Additionally, Brando will oversee the hiring, training and supervision of all the nursing personnel who will serve as staff to the new cardiac cath unit.

Brando is excited about the opportunity of being on board for the birth of cardiac catheterization procedures at Peninsula Hospital Center. He assures that the new cath lab will be "absolute state-of-the-art and comparable to, or better than, anything that can be found in Manhattan or on Long Island." Narendra Hadpawat, MD, Peninsula Hospital Center's Chief of Cardiology, is very pleased to have Brando on staff. "Tom has been very well trained in cardiology at North Shore and will be a tremendous asset for the Hospital Center's new Cardiac Cath Lab."

Following the completion of the construction of the cardiac catheterization laboratory, 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 cardiac catheterization service will be in coordination with LIJ Medical Center's cardiology program.

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