South Florida Baptist Hospital has reached a major milestone in cardiac care with the launch of a new service that offers life-saving treatment to Plant City area residents. The new program allows the hospital to immediately take care of patients having a particular kind of heart attack, rather than transferring them by Bayflite helicopter or ambulance to another facility some distance away.
“The new program represents an immense step forward in our ability to deliver comprehensive heart services. With the exception of open-heart surgery, we’re now prepared for any cardiac-related issue that may arise,” says Beth Tancredo, SFBH director of Operations. “We’re very excited to extend this level of service to the community.”
South Florida Baptist Hospital has been diagnosing heart disease and treating patients for many years in the Jim and Ruby Jean Redman Emergency Center and the Steve and Krista Howard Heart and Vascular Center, which opened in 2010.
The new STEMI program expands that service for people having the most dangerous type of heart attack, an ST-elevation myocardial infarction or STEMI. A STEMI means blood flow to the heart is completely blocked. The hospital also had to demonstrate expertise in cardiac catheterizations and meet the national standards for performing 300 or more procedures. Treatment for a STEMI involves balloon angioplasty and stenting, which opens blood flow to the heart and is performed in a cath lab. Adding a second cardiac catheterization lab was critical. Previously, SFBH had only one lab, which was used by cardiologists and interventional radiologists to perform heart and vascular procedures.
New state-of-the-art interventional suite in the Steve and Krista Howard Heart and Vascular Center
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