New lab will help patients get out of the hospital faster

The time it takes to get to the hospital after a heart attack could be the difference between life and death, health experts say, especially since the CDC says a person has a heart attack once every 40 seconds nationwide.
Chi Health Coronavirus Update

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KLKN) — The time it takes to get to the hospital after a heart attack could be the difference between life and death, health experts say, especially since the CDC says a person has a heart attack once every 40 seconds nationwide.

A hospital in Grand Island hopes to save lives by simply being quicker to serve you.

“When someone has a blockage, the doctors put in a wire and then they put in a stent over that wire to open that blockage up,” said Emily Warriner, a nurse and supervisor at Cath Lab at CHI Health St. Francis.

Doctors at CHI Health in Grand Island can get to their patients faster now.

“This is an updated, larger and state-of-the-art new lab for us here that can do cardiac and vascular procedures. It also produces less radiation and so there’s less exposure to the patient and to the staff that is working in the environment every day and then clearer pictures and better imagery,” said Angela McDermott, the director of Cardio-Pulmonary Services at CHI Health St. Francis.

A patient’s family can watch their procedure in real-time.

“In our new waiting room for the family that has a tv and a computer in there that the physicians can show the family the same images,” said Warriner.

The Cath Lab is next to the ER, ready for any patient having a heart attack.

“So that we can shave time off of our door to balloon time so that we could get to patients quicker so that we could save more muscle,” said McDermott.

CHI Health St. Francis has a door-to-balloon time of 30 minutes. The national average is 60 minutes.

The goal to build a better facility was a no-brainer says the Executive Director with St. Francis.

“Our patients come first, and that’s what we’re really here for to take care of our patients and to take care of our community, and what better way to do that with our donations than here at the foundation,” said Melissa Griffith, the executive director of CHI Health St. Francis.

It took $3 million in donations to get the Cath Lab up and going,  according to Griffith.  It will officially open in the Tri-City area on March 28th to all patients.

Categories: Health, Nebraska News, News