Ongoing renovation of the Heart & Vascular Institute procedural areas at the Lancaster General Hospital will offer important benefits for both patients and staff.

Phase two of the four-part renovation and expansion plan for cardiology on the second floor of Lancaster General Hospital’s Frederick Building is now complete. This phase included building three new electrophysiology labs and four new cath labs. Additional work on the space will continue over the next year.

Cath Lab team

“This renovation and expansion project will enable the Heart & Vascular Institute to provide state-of-the-art technology, more efficient patient care, and an improved overall experience,” said Neftali Rivera, Director, Invasive Services. “It also positions us well to serve our patients’ needs in the future.”

Christine White, Manager, Cardiac Cath Lab, shared the benefits of the new imaging equipment and renovated environment.

“Our team is very excited to move into the new area. The rooms are much brighter and larger, which will better accommodate equipment needed during procedures. The new X-ray imagining equipment also generates less exposure to patients and staff, increasing overall safety,” explained White.

The new lab space’s cross-functional nature, as well as cross-training of staff, will increase the type of procedures that can be done in each room, Rivera said. In addition to relocation of some lab space, staff may encounter changes to workflows, restricted areas and surgical attire requirements.

Shell space that is currently empty offers flexibility for future expansion.

“This major renovation project allows us to better meet the needs of our patients as they undergo life preserving cardiovascular procedures, as well as creating an environment for structural heart procedures and for future growth,” said Tim Zellers, Executive Director of the Heart & Vascular Institute.

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