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Renovation of St. Francis' multipurpose EP lab nearly complete

The demand for Via Christi’s heart care services – long the area’s leader for cardiac procedures – continues to grow, making the renovation of its heart catheterization labs an important investment.

The fourth of the five heart cath and electrophysiology labs at St. Francis is scheduled for completion in early October. 

A blessing of EP Lab E, now a multipurpose lab that can be used for performing EP and peripheral procedures and heart caths, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5.

“Equipping it as a multipurpose lab gives us the flexibility to best serve the needs of our patients and the physician specialists who provide their care,” says Dara Valdez, director of Cardiovascular Services.

The fifth and final phase of the project, Heart Cath A, is slated for remodel in early 2019. Once finished, this will complete the more than $4 million capital improvement project, done in conjunction with the replacement of labs’ monitoring systems.

The St. Francis labs are staffed from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays, with staff on call 24/7 to ensure that critically ill patients have around-the-clock access to the care they need. Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa also has a cath lab, where the same team performs heart cath procedures as the need arises. Between the two locations, the team treats more than 300 patients, many critically ill, each month. 

The cath lab at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph was consolidated at St. Francis in February 2017, furthering standardization of practice and more efficient use of staff resources, Valdez says.

St. Francis serves as Via Christi’s heart care hub, featuring a Joint Commission-certified Chest Pain Center and a robust Structural Heart program and Heart Valve Clinic that is on the leading edge of care and research, both nationally and internationally.

About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.