WVU Heart Institute opens in new location.
Article Type: Report
Subject: Cardiac patients (Care and treatment)
Ambulatory medical care (Buildings and facilities)
Heart diseases (Care and treatment)
Pub Date: 03/01/2010
Publication: Name: West Virginia Medical Journal Publisher: West Virginia State Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 West Virginia State Medical Association ISSN: 0043-3284
Issue: Date: March-April, 2010 Source Volume: 106 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 440 Facilities & equipment
Organization: Organization: West Virginia University
Geographic: Geographic Scope: West Virginia Geographic Code: 1U5WV West Virginia
Accession Number: 223908180
Full Text: The West Virginia University Heart Institute has expanded and consolidated its outpatient services at new space off campus to meet the growing demand for heart care. Patients can now receive care at the Heart Institute's new location at Morgantown's Suncrest Towne Center.

The new location, less than a mile from the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, opened Monday, Feb. 1. WVU cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, physician assistants, nurses, technologists and others are seeing patients in a state-of-the-art, outpatient diagnostic center.

These specialists address a multitude of cardiac concerns for their patients through diagnostic procedures such as vascular imaging, EKG, chest X-rays and more.

"Instead of having to go to many different areas--the lab in one building, the doctor's office in another--our one-stop shop makes outpatient cardiac care more convenient for the patient," WVU Heart Institute Administrator Wayne Cochran said.

Located in the red brick building near Damon's Grill, the WVU Heart Institute occupies the second floor and some of the first floor--a total of approximately 16,000 square feet. It includes a new larger area for cardiac rehabilitation, with showers and locker rooms.

Cochran said planning for the new $3-million facility--a joint effort between West Virginia University Hospitals and University Health Associates--began about two years ago with patient needs at the forefront of their concept and design.

For more than 30 years, the WVU heart team has performed open-heart surgery and has provided intervention, management and rehabilitation for cardiac patients with a full range of heart problems--from congenital heart issues to heart attacks.

With the new facility and its additional space and manpower, even more people can be served, according to WVU Heart Institute Director Robert Beto, M.D.

Beto said there's a need for expanding outpatient services, because the success of new technology that fixes cardiac problems more rapidly creates shortened hospital stays.

"We see larger volumes of outpatients and have more noninvasive testing," he said.

Heart surgery and catheterization procedures will still be performed at Ruby Memorial Hospital, but all pre-testing will be done at the new location first.

The Institute has a 24-hour cardiac call center, with only one number for patients and referring physicians.

The Institute has satellite and outreach locations in Elkins and Fairmont.

Cochran said they will add an additional 25 employees (nurses, medical assistants, technologists and financial counselors) to the current 12 to staff the new facility
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