Cath lab_1118With a patient-centered focus, The Hospital of Central Connecticut is renovating its Department of Cardiology to unify cardiovascular and interventional radiology services in one location on the ground floor of the New Britain General campus.

All patient interaction — from registration to treatment, recovery and discharge — will stem from this location. Renovation is expected to be complete by this fall. Already complete and in use is the first of three procedure rooms (pictured), as well as a new central patient registration, admitting and waiting area.

The unit’s west wing will house the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Interventional Radiology suite, moving from the hospital’s lower level. The second and third rooms are expected to open by mid-August and mid-September, respectively and the suite will include a patient holding area. Procedures on the west wing will be cardiac catheterization for diagnosis of blocked arteries and emergency angioplasty, as well as interventional radiology which uses minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat conditions including hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), blood clots, fractured vertebrae and uterine fibroid tumors. The east wing, scheduled for completion by month’s end, will support the Heart Failure Resource Center and the combined cardiac clinic and non-invasive testing area; there will be seven exam rooms. In addition, the Heart Failure Infusion Clinic and Resource Center, also located in this wing, has expanded to three bays.

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