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Expanding capacity to care for hearts

LMH Health to add a second cardiac catheterization lab

LMH Health is a regional destination for comprehensive cardiovascular care. Our highly-trained physicians provide specialized expertise through a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach, resulting in thoughtfully integrated, patient-centered care.

In 2019, LMH Health completed a significant upgrade to its existing cardiac catheterization lab, commonly referred to as a heart cath lab. This upgrade included the installation of the most up-to-date equipment and technology available. LMH Health Foundation raised $1.2 million to make this $2 million project possible.

Since the upgrade, LMH Health has doubled the number of coronary artery procedures performed in the cardiac catheterization lab, according to interventional cardiologist Dr. David Robbins.

Upgrading interventional cardiology

This upgrade was designed with the future in mind, and allows capacity to add a second cath lab—meaning additional space and technology. This will enable LMH Health’s interventional cardiologists to perform procedures on two patients simultaneously, including emergency procedures.

According to Robbins, LMH Health is also actively recruiting another interventional cardiologist who can offer peripheral vascular procedures to our patients, a service the hospital does not yet provide.

“Both electrophysiology procedures and peripheral vascular procedures can often take much more time in the cardiac cath lab than a coronary artery procedure,” Robbins said. “As we look to expand the services we provide in the cardiac cath lab at LMH Health, we will need to open a second cardiac cath lab in order to best serve our patients.”

Donor support

The new cath lab is estimated to cost approximately $2.3 million. LMH Health Foundation has agreed to raise $1.3 million, with the hospital funding the balance. To date, donors have gifted or pledged over $911,000 toward the fundraising goal.

“When our community members partner with us, we all benefit,” said Russ Johnson, LMH Health president and CEO. “Because of support from our donors, our hospital continues to offer the best in patient care services.”