Jewish Hospital unveils new lab that will advance cardiac care

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 24, 2016) — Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, will give media members the opportunity to tour the new invasive cardiology area including the electrophysiology (EP) labs. The new area will make heart care more patient and family-centered, and more efficient for physicians and staff. The lab was renovated as part of a $3.3 million project, funded by the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation. It includes new equipment to treat abnormal heart rhythms.

In addition to the new EP lab, the $3.3 million project included renovations to the cardiac catheterization labs and renovations to two other electrophysiology labs. A central core concept was created for the EP labs, which places all supplies and technology for the labs in a central area for more efficient access by staff and physicians. The redesigned area will combine pre- and post-procedure space, giving patients and their family members a central location during their stay.

Within the labs, doctors are using MediGuide Technology, which allows physicians to see the precise location of specially designed delivery tools and catheters enabled with miniature sensors to navigate within the heart. The technology is designed to improve precision and significantly reduce radiation exposure for patients, physicians and staff.

Hospital renovations also included a pedway that connects from the Outpatient Care Center directly to the third floor of the Rudd Heart and Lung Building where the cardiac catheterization and EP labs are located. This pedway enables cardiac patients to be transported directly from the new helipad atop the Jewish Hospital guest parking garage, which opened late last year. The changes help improve the hospital’s existing STEMI Network, which ensures the fastest access to life-saving care for patients with a complete blockage of the coronary artery.