CHRISTUS St. Patrick’s Regional Heart Center is known as THE heart hospital in southwest Louisiana, having received numerous national awards and recognitions.  Therefore, not only Lake Charles residents but individuals from all five surrounding parishes whose rural hospitals lack the capabilities for complex cardiac treatments, choose CHRISTUS St. Patrick as their cardiac provider.  Our program needs to update its services with the following technologies in order for patients to continue receiving the absolute best in cardiac care, to encourage recruitment of top cardiologists and to decrease outmigration for cardiac services:

128-Slice CT Scanner – the new standard for cardiac imaging, this provides an entire body scan in just 10 seconds with much higher resolution and quality than previous technologies, so it allows more accuracy than invasive angiograms. This technology also delivers less radiation exposure to patients.

Updated Catheterization Labs – in order to be able to accommodate the peripheral vascular and venous procedures that are currently the gold standard in cardiac care, we plan to upgrade two of our three cath labs with flat-panel detectors for superior image quality.

Hybrid Surgery Suite – a catheterization lab that can instantly become a surgical suite, allowing the patient to stay in the same room without requiring a change in location and giving cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists the ability to effectively collaborate together, creating the best treatment plan for the patient and even minimizing the number of surgeries needed. This will also give our team the capability to offer percutaneous aortic valve replacement which is currently not available in southwest Louisiana.

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