Health System Opens New Cardiac Cath Lab to Help Local Doctors

Heart patients at Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus are experiencing safer, higher quality care with the opening of a new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab, featuring a digital cardiovascular and interventional X-ray imaging system that helps physicians clearly see the blood vessels and anatomy of the heart, as well as blood vessels throughout the entire body.

According to Michael Butler, M.D., board certified interventional cardiologist and medical director of Cardiology Services at Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus, the new GE Innova® 2100IQ imaging system will play a critical role in helping physicians treat a growing number of chronic heart and vascular conditions.

“The image quality is incredible, which is vitally important when treating a heart patient quickly,” says Dr. Butler. “The technology compensates for different body sizes and gives ‘HD-like’ images with lower radiation exposure to physicians, staff and patients. It enables physicians to more accurately and efficiently diagnose, and in some cases treat, cardiovascular disease.”

The Health System’s investment in its new cath lab is another step towards its commitment to ensure benchmarks are met for the care of heart attack patients within 90 minutes. In August, the Health System presented local EMS providers with CAREpoint workstations, a communication system that will save precious minutes in the treatment of heart attack patients and allow the Health System to activate a Code STEMI (heart attack) prior to the arrival of the patient.

“Every minute counts when it comes to treating patients who have had a heart attack,” says DelRia Baisden, vice president at the Health System. “By combining the purchase of the CAREpoint equipment, the superior imaging technology of the new cath lab, and the level of expertise our physicians and clinicians possess, we’ve advanced the level of timely, quality heart care provided in our community.”