In 2011, the St. John Providence Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence will launch the Gretchen C. Valade Cardiovascular Hybrid Laboratory and Minimally Invasive Structural Heart Program which will include an integrated (hybrid) operating room and cardiac cath lab, the state's first, which will allow us to provide the latest transcatheter valve therapies, which integrate surgical procedures with skin incisions and intervention.
The lab will offer fixed imaging systems dedicated to the latest advances in minimally invasive cardiovascular interventions. This equipment can deliver better visualization of the blood vessels with lower doses of radiation meaning greater accuracy and less risk to both patients and clinical staff. In addition, because the hybrid lab does not rely on portable equipment, and will facilitate the use of minimally invasive, rather than open, procedures, the risk of infection is also reduced. The hybrid operating room will also have great potential for select rhythm disorders, endovascular valve repair, and other advanced procedures.
The hybrid operating room and cardiac cath lab, one of just a few in the country, will be able to offer our patients the full spectrum of treatments of complex and high-risk procedures. In many cases, offering a treatment alternative to very high-risk patients who may have been told that they have no options.
For more information or to watch a video on our new Hybrid/Cardiac Cath lab, visit www.stjohnprovidence.org/sjhHeartCare