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One local hospital is introducing a new addition to help heart patients.
Genesis - Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to introduce a new Electrophysiology Lab. According to Boston Scientific, Electrophysiology is a medical specialty that focuses on disorders of the electrical system of the heart.
"This is a new service that we provide the community here that will add to the cardiology service that's already existing. So basically we will be able to do things that we haven't been able to do in the past," said Dr. Magdy Migeed, Director of Electrophysiology.
Dr. Migeed says that with the new Seimens biplane imaging system and 3D mapping system, it will provide for a better image of the heart, also making procedures safer and more accurate.
"Now renovations were needed on the third floor of the Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital to accommodate more room for the E.P. lab including an expansion to the exterior of the building," he said.
There are various forms of electric abnormalities, including Cardiac Ablation, which is a disruption in the heart's normal electrical system.
"Using a little tiny catheter that goes from the groin under local anesthesia that would burn tiny spots in the heart that would eliminate abnormal areas that emit rapid heartbeats," said Dr. Migeed.
The equipment cost $1.4 million and was purchased with funds from the Genesis Healthcare Foundation.
Renovations were needed on the 3rd floor of the Genesis - Good Samaritan Hospital, to accommodate more room for the E.P. lab including an expansion to the exterior of the building.
The lab also has it's own mechanical room, which houses an Uninterruptible Power Supply, as well as an Air Handling Unit.
"Patients won't have to go to Columbus anymore, they can come here, they'll be a little bit closer, it's a little closer to home and by using local contractors we're also contributing to the economy," said Mike Bernstein, Director of Plant Operations.
Doctors and patients will begin using the new lab and it's equipment on August 25th.