Farmington Hills area heart patients now have closer access to lifesaving care, since Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills opened its renovated Cardiac Catheterization Lab on November 21.
“With advanced technology and redesigned space in our Cath Lab, our outstanding interventional cardiologists and cardiac care staff stand ready 24/7 to save lives by restoring blood flow in people with heart blockages, ” said Connie O’Malley, RN, president, Beaumont, Farmington Hills.
The hospital’s Cath Lab was taken out of service on October 15 to install an advanced imaging system that significantly reduces radiation exposure and to renovate the space for both function and aesthetics. Regulatory agencies, including the city of Farmington Hills fire marshal and the Oakland County Health Department, have approved the renovated Cath Lab for safety and effectiveness, allowing the hospital to meet Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence guidelines.
The Cath Lab team provides emergency percutaneous coronary intervention procedures for those experiencing heart attacks or angioplasty on an elective basis for those with cardiovascular symptoms. Performing these interventions locally eliminates treatment delays and allows patients to be treated closer to home.
“We are very pleased to have recruited Maher Rabah, D.O., a remarkable interventional cardiologist to lead our Cath Lab as medical director,” said David P. Gowman, D.O., Cardiology chief and director of the Cardiology Fellowship training program at Beaumont, Farmington Hills. “He has performed thousands of angioplasty and stenting procedures. Now, he is performing those same lifesaving procedures here in Farmington Hills.”
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing 600,000 deaths annually. The program at Beaumont, Farmington Hills allows patients who reside locally the chance to be treated more quickly, which greatly increases their chances of survival.
“Time is muscle, and muscle is life,” said Rabah.
In addition to renovating its Cardiac Cath Lab, Beaumont, Farmington Hills is undergoing an enormous transformation at an estimated cost of $160 million. The expansion project represents a significant investment in the 51-year-old hospital, and is Beaumont Health’s largest capital project since forming its new eight-hospital system in 2014. While Beaumont Health is funding $150 million of the project, it is relying on support from the community for the remaining $10 million.