Emory University Hospital expands heart and vascular facilities

Officials with Emory University Hospital recently celebrated the culmination of more than three years planning, design, construction and preparation for Emory University Hospital’s new heart and vascular facilities.

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony held in March, attendees toured the hospital and got a first-hand look at new facilities, located on the third and fourth floors of the Emory University Hospital Tower, located at 1364 Clifton Road, Atlanta.

Those floors are now equipped with a new 16-bed cardiovascular intensive care unit, a suite of new cardiovascular and thoracic operating rooms, catheterization laboratories, and electrophysiology laboratories.

Officials said locating the various procedure areas in one space allows efficient use of resources and facilitates comprehensive patient care by having multiple specialists nearby and available to meet the patient’s needs. “By intentional design, the interconnected new spaces will improve the speed and ease by which experts from across different areas of care can easily work together to promote the best outcomes for patients,” states Emory University Hospital’s website.

The idea for the expansion came during the COVID-19 pandemic, said officials.

“An Emory heart and vascular space expansion first began to percolate during the early years of the emoryhealthcare.org — a time when the urgent question of space efficiency, and how to better accommodate patients during times of crisis, was at a fever pitch in hospitals and clinics across the nation,” said officials.

Now the new facilities will provide better services to patients, officials said.

“These new heart and vascular facilities will allow us to greatly enhance patient care, grow procedural capacity and access, and continue to foster innovation and excellence across the whole service line,” said Dr. Angel Leon, executive director of Emory Heart and Vascular.

The cardiovascular and thoracic operating rooms began surgical procedures at the end of March and officials said Emory University Hospital has been in the process of recruiting more than 80 new staff members, of which more than half will be nurses whose primary focus is cardiovascular care.

For more information, visit emoryhealthcare.org.

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