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Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - Daniel and Debra Edson Cardiac Diagnostic Suite Opens


A gamma camera uses for nuclear studies of the heart is part of the new diagnostic suite.

Daniel and Debra Edson Cardiac Diagnostic Suite Opens
New unit represents final piece of Munson Medical Center’s Heart Center
 
The first patients of Munson Medical Center’s Daniel and Debra Edson Cardiac Diagnostic Suite started using the facility on Sept. 13.
 
The 8,000-square-foot facility located next to the hospital’s Emergency Department on the ground floor completes the Munson Heart Center. A dedication and ribbon cutting celebration for the 630 donors, including Daniel and Debra Edson who contributed $1 million to the project, was held on Monday, Sept. 12.
 
Non-invasive Cardiology Medical Director Anne Hepner, M.D., said the new facility provides convenience for patients, who previously often needed to visit three separate areas of the hospital for their tests.
 
“The new non-invasive department with its close proximity to other heart center units will not only expedite care, but will provide state-of-the-art cardiac imaging every step of the way,” she said. Patients referred to the suite receive echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, holter monitor studies, and other non-invasive two- and three-dimensional tests that give cardiologists an accurate understanding of heart function.
 
Cardiac Diagnostic Suite Manager Birdie Schweikart, R.N., said one new feature is a gamma camera used to perform nuclear studies on the heart. The camera allows the center to accommodate outpatients in one area instead of going back and forth to Radiology for scanning.
 
“The patients we serve are the most important aspect for me and the staff and providing the best quality of service we can,” she said. “Everybody is excited to be moving to a brand new area.”
 
Patient volume in the Cardiac Diagnostic Suite has steadily increased by 5 - 6 percent yearly during the past few years. More than 5,000 people annually use the heart-testing services.