Hamilton’s new Mashburn Cardiac Pavilion hits milestone

Friday, March 21, 2014

  From left are Tammy Stewart, clinical resource specialist; Angela Johnson, RN, cath lab specialist; and Jamie Clark, cath lab specialist
 From left are Tammy Stewart, clinical resource specialist; Angela Johnson, RN, cath lab specialist; and Jamie Clark, cath lab specialist

DALTON, Ga.– More than 700 procedures have been performed in Hamilton Medical Center’s (HMC) new Mashburn Cardiac Pavilion since the expansion was completed near the end of October last year. Of that number, more than 500 were cardiac catheterizations, and more than 200 were cardiac stent insertions.

The cardiovascular suite has also seen additional technology upgrades since the project was completed.

HMC recently upgraded from Carto XP to Carto 3 – digital cartography system used to create 3-D maps of the inside of heart chambers – in the Electrophysiology Lab. The Carto 3 system is the most advanced 3-D mapping platform to date, designed to support future innovations in electrophysiology.

The new system provides more accurate visualization, increased mapping speed, and a CartoSound module with SoundStar Catheter to easily identify specific cardiac anatomy and the exact location of an ablation catheter during an electrophysiology procedure.

HMC has also added Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE), ultrasound technology which allows physicians to directly visualize important blood vessels and structures in and around the heart.

The integration of ultrasound with the Carto System technology streamlines procedural efficiency, contributes to safety, and enhances the clarity of anatomical images. 

HMC’s Mashburn Cardiac Pavilion includes two cardiac catheterization labs with stent capabilities, a dedicated endovascular lab, a hybrid lab for cardiac or endovascular procedures and a cardiovascular short stay recovery area.

The new suite utilizes cutting-edge equipment, including the Artis Zeego, the first multi-axis system with robotic technology, in the hybrid lab, and the Artis Zee in the two dedicated catheterization labs. The new equipment allows for faster procedures and the lowest possible radiation dose, which provides better patient safety.

Typical procedures include cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, stenting, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, cardiac rhythm implants – such as a pacemaker or internal cardiac defibrillator, and cardiac ablations to correct abnormal heart rhythms.

HMC’s cardiovascular program features a team of specially trained cardiovascular nurses, technicians, board certified cardiologists and interventional cardiologists.

For more information about HMC’s cardiac services, please visit hamiltonhealth.com/heart.