To match the needs of growing Seminole County, Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital is expanding its facilities and services to offer the community even more comprehensive, high-quality care close to home. If you have been by the hospital recently, you may have seen evidence of the latest expansion project, with an addition to the front of the hospital that will house two new cardiac catheterization labs.
Scheduled to open in late spring, the new catheterization (cath) labs will feature two procedure rooms with all-new, state-of-the-art equipment offering the latest in technology, including enhancements in X-ray image quality with less radiation exposure for patients and staff during catheterization procedures. The expanded space also will include a separate, designated area for pre- and post-procedural care staffed with a highly trained team to further improve the overall patient experience.
“Orlando Health South Seminole has been providing quality diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures since 2016,” says Maggie Bonko, chief operating officer of Orlando Health South Seminole. “But we’re excited to be enhancing our services and increasing our capacity to offer more services to more patients, including 24-hour emergency coverage.”
The new cath labs will offer inpatient and outpatient care for both diagnostic and interventional procedures. The facilities are equipped to serve patients needing heart, vascular and some radiology procedures performed by an expert team of physician specialists and specialty-trained support staff.
Diagnostic cardiac procedures can determine if and where there is blockage in the coronary arteries of the heart. For significant blockages that cannot be treated with medication or lifestyle changes alone, interventional cardiologists utilize balloons and/or the placement of stents in the arteries to treat blockages. The cath lab also will be used for the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular disease to improve the blockage of blood flow in the extremities and other vessels, often characterized by wounds that do not heal properly. Radiology procedures could include the placement of IV lines, dialysis access and certain biopsies.
“Our goal is to be able to provide our patients the highest quality of minimally invasive cardiac and vascular care here in their own community,” says interventional cardiologist Dr. Mo Ghumman. “With more facility space, the latest technology and a dedicated, highly trained team, we are well-equipped to reach that goal.”
Once the new cath labs are open, Orlando Health South Seminole will further enhance cardiology services with the implementation of a 24/7 STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) program, which provides rapid identification and treatment of severe heart attack. Currently, patients coming in after hours or on weekends who are experiencing an acute heart attack that needs immediate intervention are transferred via helicopter to Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC). With this new program, whether a patient having a heart attack comes into the Orlando Health South Seminole ER or the Orlando Health Emergency Room at Lake Mary, a team will be in place at all times to provide emergency, lifesaving care. The STEMI program ensures that specially trained RNs, invasive technologists, and an on-call interventional cardiologist are all available 24/7.
Patients who have had a balloon procedure or stent placement and need to continue their recovery with cardiac rehabilitation can find that care right in Seminole County as well, with a comprehensive cardiac rehab program now open at the Orlando Health Emergency Room and Medical Pavilion – Lake Mary.
“We recognize there are a lot of people within our community who have had to travel or be transferred, particularly to Orlando Health ORMC, for these procedures,” says Shawn Molsberger, president of Orlando Health South Seminole. “We are committed to serving our local community by providing the healthcare services they need and having them available right here in Seminole County.”