There were reasons hearts were racing to celebrate Friday morning at Southwestern Medical Center.
With the official groundbreaking ceremony to officially open its doors, the new cardiac catheterization lab is open and available to Southwestern Oklahomans at the 5602 W. Lee Hospital.
Southwestern Medical Center CEO Elizabeth Jones joined Chamber of Commerce President Dr Krista Smith-Ratliff Pat Holloway with the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, who partnered with the hospital, and Joe Diaz, a red bedroom coat, the future of cardiac care is here. The CEO said it was a godsend for those in need of treatment.
“This is the next step in cardiac care,” she said.
The “cath lab,” as it’s called, is a windfall of $ 4.2 million for patients in need of cardio services, Jones said. Even though Friday was hoopla day, the lab was in use all week. Everything went well, according to the CEO.
“It was awesome,” she said. “The team, congratulations. “
Jones gave credit to his partnership with Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City for getting to this point where heart catheterizations, pacemaker treatments and more will be available in Lawton. Interventional cardiac services close to home can make the difference.
“It helps members of our community to get care locally,” she said.
Zack Whitehead is a radiographer responsible for using the new device. He had used a similar device for 8 years in another hospital. While offering angiograms and peripheral treatments, he said the device was trustworthy.
“Now anyone can come here, stay close to their home in town, and we can do it,” he said.