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First heart patients receiving newest advanced care at Our Lady of the Lake Heart & Vascular Institute

First heart patients receiving newest advanced care at Our Lady of the Lake Heart & Vascular Institute

Fifty-one heart and critically ill ICU patients are now successfully settled into the new Heart & Vascular Institute at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and among the first recipients of the newest advanced cardiovascular services in the southeast U.S.
Published: November 6, 2013

Fifty-one heart and critically ill ICU patients are now successfully settled into the new Heart & Vascular Institute at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and among the first recipients of the newest advanced cardiovascular services in the southeast U.S.

Prior to patient moves beginning today, teams responded to an emergency heart catheterization just before 6 am. Teams at Our Lady of the Lake had been alerted from the field by EMS with essential vital signs and patient status which sped time to procedure once arriving at the emergency room. The patient is the first to receive emergency surgery performed in the new Institute.

“We began moving critically ill patients just before 6 am and successfully settled all patients into their new rooms by 7:45 am,” said Jill Mistretta, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Assistant Vice President of Patient Care Services. “Twelve clinical transport teams moved one patient every two minutes coordinating all details through a central command center.”

Each clinical transport team  included one team lead which was a nurse manager or nurse educator; one respiratory therapist; one nurse; and one transporter. Transport teams moved ICU patients accompanied by their attending nurse. Intensivists, physicians specifically trained and experienced for critical care medicine, joined transport teams moving the most critically ill patients. Improved processes included the use of an oversize mega-elevator which allowed the entire team of nurses and transport experts to accompany the patient. The oversize elevator accommodated all life-support equipment without any disruption to the patient’s care.

“We began planning this move more than six months ago. Every aspect of patient care and safety was considered and tested before today. Our biggest priority is always patient safety. This morning’s moves were accomplished exactly as planned,” Mistretta said.

Scheduled procedures in the Heart & Vascular Institute, including open heart surgery, began at 8am.

The Heart & Vascular Institute opened with 141 licensed beds with all-private patient rooms, including the intensive care rooms. All ICU rooms also offer sleeping accommodations for family members Designed in partnership with physicians, nurses and other clinical team members, the new facility also features a universal patient floor, which is an evidenced-based care model that maintains the care continuum in one location so that patients stay in the same room throughout their healing process. Six operating suites and four catheterization labs offer the most sophisticated cardiac diagnostic imaging equipment and the latest technology for surgical and minimally invasive procedures. The addition brings the total to 41 operating suites within the medical center.

The design of the 9-story,  330,000 square foot Heart & Vascular Institute is based on national best practices and encourages innovation with evidenced based models to provide the highest levels of patient quality and safety in a healing and comforting environment.