A cardiac catheterization lab made its way from Indiana, down Liberty Street, and to the hospital over the weekend, marking the first of several advancements to come over the next few months.
According to hospital representatives, once complete, the Cath lab will enable cardiologists to perform minimally invasive tests and advanced cardiac procedures to diagnose and treat cardiac disease.
In America, cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in rural areas. Hospital administrators are excited to offset that statistic by offering these services to our community.
The unit is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging technology to view arteries and check blood flow to and from the heart. Services will be available to patients in the spring.
Several cardiologists will begin performing procedures in the lab later this spring, and plans are in place to allow patients access to the procedures through the emergency department.
The temporary unit is phase one of a long-term plan to build a permanent cardiology unit onto the hospital in the coming years as the cardiology program expands.
Many other changes are underway as the new owners of Burke Medical Center continue to transition the hospital into a specialty care facility.
According to the Chamber of Commerce, the hospital’s surgical services have brought tourism as patients’ loved ones seek lodging, dining, and activities over the last few months.
The advancements being made demonstrate the vision and expertise of the hospital’s new owners.
Over the next month, Burke Medical Center will begin to transition into its new name, Burke Health, becoming a center of excellence in orthopedic and cardiovascular care right here in Burke County.
This article was written by Burke Health Marketing Director Lacey Zorn and submitted to The True Citizen in Waynesboro, Georgia. Portions of the report were published in the publication on 2.22.2022. To see the newspaper version of the story, click here.