Baptist Medical Center Beaches to Open Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Radiology Lab
April 9, 2013 | Jacksonville Beach
This month, Baptist Medical Center Beaches will open Rackley Center for Cardiac and Interventional Radiology, a state-of-the-art hybrid lab.The lab will expand capabilities for diagnostic cardiac catheterizations and intervention radiology procedures. The first procedure will be done April 15.
The $3.3 million hybrid lab brings two new capabilities to Baptist Beaches. First, the lab will allow Beaches residents to have diagnostic cardiaccatheterizations done at their local hospital. Secondly, several interventional radiology procedures that have never been offered here will now be available. Those procedures include declotting procedures to improve blood flow for dialysis patients, intra-arterial chemotherapy for tumors and tumor ablation (which destroys a tumor without removing it).
“Currently, residents of the Beaches community leave the Beaches area for diagnostic cardiac catheterizations,” says Joe Mitrick, president of Baptist Medical Center Beaches. “The new dual-procedure lab will provide a more complete range of both cardiac and vascular care right here in the Beaches community, which means less need for patients to leave our community.”
Cardiac catheterizations will be offered at Baptist Beaches by cardiologists from Baptist Heart Specialists, the same experienced physicians who perform these procedures at Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South. Baptist cardiologists will have the capabilities to perform transradialcatheterizations where the doctor accesses the heart through the wrist instead of the groin, reducing recovery time following a procedure.
Bernardo Utset, MD, who is board-certified in cardiology, interventional cardiology and internal medicine, will be medical director of the catheterization lab.
“Cardiovascular disease continues to be a leading cause of death among American men and women and claims more lives than all cancers combined,” says Dr. Utset. “Cardiac catheterization is the definitive anatomic assessment of the presence and severity of coronary heart disease, so we are pleased to add this to the other diagnostic tests already available at Baptist Beaches.”
On the treatment side, the interventional radiology lab will also dramatically increase the services available at Baptist Beaches, said Steve Shirley, MD, who will be medical director of the interventional radiology lab and is board-certified in radiology and interventional radiology.
“Having the technology to more aggressively attack and treat tumors in this new hybrid lab, along with capability to conduct more extensive procedures to remove clots from arteries and veins, adds to the wide range of vascular services available at Baptist Beaches,” Shirley said.