St. Mary’s Medical Center has received an anonymous donation – a donation from the heart – that will help the hospital care for the heart health of thousands of patients.
The $750,000 donation was “a big surprise” last fall, Dr. Ronald Fields, medical director of the hospital’s Heart & Vascular Center, said recently. “That was great news.”
Middletown Hospital plans to use the funds to help pay for equipment and software upgrades as part of renovations to its four cath labs to improve image clarity and quality while reducing procedure time and patient radiation exposure.
The hospital announced the donation to kick off February as American Heart Month.
St. Mary’s performs the most cardiovascular procedures in Bucks County, treating more than 20,300 patients annually through the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as atrial fibrillation, angina, arrhythmia , heart failure, heart valve disorders, structural heart disease, vascular disease and venous condition. said hospital spokesman Jason Griffith.
Fields said women should be especially aware of any changes in their health that could be signs of heart trouble, as symptoms of chest pain, tightness or shortness of breath aren’t always as common in them as in men. men.
“It’s very easy to miss heart problems,” he said.
Fields said the overall $5 million project will help the hospital maintain its Cardiac and Vascular Center as “a state-of-the-art department, as it always has been.”
“This incredibly generous gift will go a long way in keeping St. Mary’s at the cutting edge of technology in cardiac and vascular care,” he said.
In the catheterization lab, X-ray equipment guides the catheter to the heart or other parts of the vasculature so doctors can determine treatment, including insertion of a stent or other medical devices , Fields said.
“With advances in technology, this allows us to get much clearer images with less X-ray exposure,” he said.
The hospital estimates that the new equipment will reduce radiation emissions by 67% for cardiac imaging and 83% for vascular imaging. And it will also reduce preparation and procedure time.
Fields said newer catheterization equipment is also used for other purposes, such as cancer care, in which a catheter is used to cut off blood vessels feeding tumors. “You think a catheterization lab is something for the heart, but it will also help cancer patients,” he said.
The hospital has also updated its ultrasound scanners to take three-dimensional images of the heart. The new cath labs will be able to integrate with CAT scanners and echo machines. “We can display these images in the cath lab with these new machines that we’re getting…to give us combined information.”
The hospital was the first hospital in the county to successfully implant regular, drug-coated and bioabsorbable stents, Griffith said, noting that he has won multiple awards for his care.
“St. Mary is proud of our ability to provide the full range of cardiac services,” said Dr. Lawrence Brilliant, president of the medical center. “This would not be possible without philanthropic support, for which we are extremely grateful.”
The anonymous donors added a statement to their gift: “As residents of Newtown, we greatly appreciate having a top quality hospital as part of our local community…” We proudly support the St. Mary’s Medical Center, as well as the leadership of Dr. Brilliant, in creating the region’s premier cardiac and vascular program.
The hospital said the $750,000 donation strengthens the St. Mary Initiatives Fund, which helps ensure the latest technology, advanced methods and best practitioners in the field for patients and community members in St. Mary.
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