Vassar Medical Center Opens New Cardiac Cath Lab

POUGHKEEPSIE – Vassar Brothers Medical Center opened its new Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratory on April 15, 2024, marking a significant advancement in cardiovascular care in the Hudson Valley.

This specialized facility comes equipped with large procedure rooms, semi-private recovery bays and advanced medical imaging technology to diagnose and treat various cardiovascular conditions, including heart attacks, coronary artery disease and structural heart defects.

This modernized cath lab, as it is commonly referred, is located on the eighth floor of the Patient Pavilion, replacing the original lab that opened in 1993 in the legacy part of the hospital. The new suite offers sweeping views of the Hudson River.

“The new catheterization and electrophysiology labs will completely transform how cardiac care is delivered in this community. These world-class procedural spaces at Vassar highlight our enduring commitment to patient safety, comfort and superb clinical results,” said Dr. Mark Harrison, Chief of Cardiology at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. “Now more than ever, local residents can seek cardiovascular services that rival or exceed any other major medical center, right here at home.”

In the cath lab, interventional cardiologists assess and treat cardiac issues affecting arteries and valves, using real-time imaging and tiny instruments to assess blood flow, fix blockages and implant devices that improve heart function.

In the Electrophysiology (EP) lab, electrophysiologists address issues affecting the heart’s electrical system. They perform procedures to correct unhealthy rhythms and implant advanced monitoring devices.

“The opening of our Cath Lab represents our dedication to providing the highest quality cardiac care to our patients,” said Dr. Mark Warshofsky, senior vice president and chair of the Nuvance Health Heart and Vascular Institute. “It is a significant investment in the health and well-being of our community, and we are confident it will have a positive impact on the lives of countless patients for years to come.”

The opening of the cath lab underscores Vassar Brothers Medical Center’s ongoing allegiance to innovation and excellence in healthcare delivery. The facility will enhance the hospital’s ability to provide timely and comprehensive cardiac care to patients throughout the region.

“We are thrilled to officially open our new Cardiac Catheterization Lab, marking a significant milestone in the healthcare landscape of the Hudson Valley. This expansion not only enhances our capacity to deliver exceptional cardiac care but also reflects our continued efforts in redefining healthcare excellence,” said Vassar Brothers Medical Center President Susan Browning. “I extend my deepest gratitude to all who supported the development of the cath lab, including our dedicated clinical team, whose skill, talent and unwavering dedication continue to save lives and make a profound impact on our community.”

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