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CVPH has expansion of services

PLATTSBURGH - The Champlain Valley Heart Center at CVPH Medical Center has opened a third catheterization laboratory and will open a cardiovascular short-stay unit ater this month.

The two additions will enable staff to provide more comprehensive and expeditious services for patients from throughout the region.

The third catheterization lab will be used exclusively for electrophysiology procedures and cardiac device implants which were done on more than 500 patients in 2010. They represented slightly more than 20 percent of the total cases done in the two previously existing laboratories.

Electrophysiologist Samer Siouffi, M.D., will perform electrophysiology procedures and device implants in the laboratory, which opened Jan. 11. Cardiologists Seema Lodha, M.D., and Joel Wolkowicz, M.D., will use the all-new equipment for pacemaker implants. The temporary lab is located on the second floor of CVPH adjacent to the Fitzpatrick Cancer Center entrance.

A nine-bed cardiovascular short-stay unit is scheduled to open Monday, Jan. 31, on the second floor in proximity to the original catheterization labs, intensive care unit and surgery. All patients will be under the direct supervision of a cardiologist.

Those receiving care in the new unit include people who underwent outpatient diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, cardiac interventions and electrophysiology procedures, as well as cardiac access patients sent here for care from other regional hospitals.

The new unit will help to avert unnecessary admissions, enable more rapid assessment of cardiac patients, help to provide a single location experience for patients and provide comprehensive monitoring for any post-procedure complications. Most patients will stay in the cardiovascular short-stay unit for 24 hours or less.

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