RWJUH Somerset Renovates Cardiac Cath Lab to Provide Advanced Care

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, recently completed renovations on one of its three cardiac catheterization labs, upgrading the facility with the most advanced X-ray imaging technology.

The renovated cardiac catheterization lab features the Azurion with FlexArm image guided therapy system from Philips Healthcare which provides high quality imaging at low X-ray dose levels. Its flexible positioning arm reduces the need to reposition patients, staff and equipment, resulting in more efficient care and shorter preparation and procedure times.

“Heart disease is one of our nation’s most common health problems and the leading cause of death in individuals age 35 and older. That’s why Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is committed to ensuring that our community has state-of-the-art cardiac care close to home,” says Anthony Cava, president and chief executive officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. “Our patients as well as our clinicians will benefit from faster procedure times, reduced radiation exposure and superior image quality from our new technology.”

Procedures performed in the hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory include emergency and elective coronary angioplasty, cardiac catheterization and pacemaker implantations.

In addition, the hospital’s cardiology services comprise a full range of diagnostic services, including electrocardiograms, cardiac holter monitoring, stress tests, cardiac ultrasound testing, transesophageal echocardiogram, pediatric diagnostic services and tilt table testing. A three-phase cardiac rehabilitation program is offered in Hillsborough for patients who have recently suffered a heart attack or who are recovering from an angioplasty, cardiac surgery or heart transplant.

The hospital also recently renovated its 2-West and 2-East Cardiology Pavilions, which feature private rooms with “smart beds” and the latest wireless telemetry system.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is one of only two hospitals in New Jersey to receive the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its acute myocardial infarction program (care of heart attack patients) and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “high performing” in the care of congestive heart failure patients.

For more information about Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s cardiology program, visit www.rwjbh.org/heart. For a physician referral, call 888-724-7123.