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Cardiac short stay unit is the latest in major renovations for patient care

May 20, 2014  — Heart patients from Scarborough and Durham are getting more life-saving treatment thanks to the completion of major expansions at Rouge Valley Health System.

“Our program has grown significantly, but we didn’t have the capacity to match our growing number of patients. With our new cardiac short stay unit we’re able to see more patients in our fast-track emergency cardiac care – or Code STEMI,” explains Dr. Joe Ricci, medical director of Rouge Valley’s regional cardiac care program.

The hospital’s cardiac short stay unit, at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital campus in Scarborough, has been expanded to include 21 beds and 10 recliners allowing more patients to be cared for in this space.

In the unit, patients are assessed, prepared and cared for in the following heart procedures and tests:

  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterizations;
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), to open heart blood vessels narrowed by plaque buildup;
  • Electrophysiology (EP), to study and treat patients’ heart electrical rhythms;
  • Complex ablations to correct irregular heartbeats; and
  • Implantation of life-saving devices such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators, which regulate the heartbeat.

Dr. Ricci says, “The cardiac catheterization lab is the gateway to care for our most critical regional heart patients. The completion of the cardiac short stay unit is essential to the quality of care we provide to our patients.”

Other features of the full renovation project include:

  • Three new cardiac catheterization labs;
  • New cath lab equipment that allows cardiologists to provide treatment in an environment with the lowest possible radiation dose, making it safer for patients and staff;
  • New equipment that will help cardiologists to widen narrowed or obstructed arteries in patients who were previously sent to downtown hospitals;
  • Advances in electrophysiology made possible with new equipment and funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care;
  • A designated procedure room for pacemaker implantations;
  • New equipment that allows cardiac tests and images to be viewed by physicians on computers in patient areas; and
  • A new media room with videoconferencing that enables cardiologists to connect in real-time with patients and physicians at other hospitals and facilities for consultations and to review cases.

About the Central East Regional Cardiac Care Program

The Rouge Valley Centenary hospital campus is home to the Central East Regional Cardiac Care Program – Scarborough-Durham. Each year more than 6,000 patients are seen at Rouge Valley’s Cardiac Care Program. A highly-skilled team of cardiologists, cardiac care nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers, support services, and clerical staff work collaboratively to deliver high quality cardiac care to patients.

The Central East Regional Cardiac Care Program consists of a highly qualified and experienced team of more than 20 cardiologists and more than 100 health care professionals, who serve the communities of the Scarborough-Durham area. The regional program delivers a wide range of cardiac services, including life-saving cardiac catheterization, intervention procedures, arrhythmia studies, management and treatment, cardiac rehabilitation and education. Rouge Valley Health System is the designated cardiac care centre for the regional program, delivering care in partnership with The Scarborough Hospital, Lakeridge Health, and the Central East Local Health Integration Network.