Physicians, nurses and other clinical staff at Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) underwent final simulation training on Monday in advance of PBMC opening its new cardiac catheterization laboratory on Monday, October 16. The new facility will provide ready access to advanced artery-opening techniques for East End residents. It is the second cardiac catheterization lab to open on the East End — in September Stony Brook Southampton Hospital opened its own cath lab inside the hospital’s Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center.
“The opening of our cath labs marks a major milestone in the transformation of health care quality for our region,” said Andrew J. Mitchell, president and CEO of Peconic Bay Medical Center in a press release issued on Monday. “For too long, the East End has been isolated from this kind of life-saving medical technology. In situations like a heart attack, when every minute counts, East End residents have had to travel farther for interventional cardiology services than any other residents of the Tri-State area.”
Staff from Northwell Health’s Center for Learning and Innovation led Monday’s simulation training, which included programs to replicate real-life cardiac scenarios that challenged the team to respond with timeliness, teamwork and clinical excellence, with the ultimate goal of providing the best patient outcome.
Stanley Katz, MD, chief of cardiology at PBMC, heads the hospital’s team of three interventional cardiologists, including Steven Lederman, MD, and Louis Heller, MD. With a support staff of 20 highly trained nurses, physician assistants and lab techs, the new cath lab is prepared to provide immediate interventional cardiac care to heart attack victims in medical emergencies on a 24-hour basis. The lab will also provide a wide range of diagnostic capabilities for cardiac patients on an elective basis by appointment.
The new cath lab will be housed on an interim basis in one of the operating suites of Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery, and staffed by an team of interventional cardiologists who will be working with highly specialized and experienced registered nurses and cardiovascular technologists.
The cath lab is slated to move to a permanent location in the new Kanas Regional Heart Center in PBMC’s new $65 million critical care tower, which is currently under construction. The new facility will include an expanded emergency department and stroke center along with two additional cath labs, as well as an electrophysiology lab and a comprehensive array of cardiac services.