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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for New Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Today, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of the new Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber (CSSMCW). Dr. Samir Hadeed will serve as the Medical Director and Shannon Vitovich will serve as Manager of the Cath Lab. All cardiologists are invited to request privileges for the Cath Lab, to use the new, state-of-the-art Allura Clarity equipment, which provides lower exposure to radiation during the procedure as well as sharper, more accurate images.

“Heart disease is the number one cause of death nationwide; we are thrilled to be opening our new state-of-the-art Cath Lab, bringing more cutting edge technology to our campus, and with it the capability to save more lives,” said Tom Kurtz, CSSMCW President and CEO.

Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber’s investment in and dedication to the local community continues with the development of their Cardiac Catheterization Lab with ‘State of the Heart’ Cardiac Care – extending their abilities to provide therapeutic coronary interventions. This allows the hospital to provide an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) patient life-saving, immediate, emergent angioplasty and stenting, eliminating treatment delays encountered when being transported to another facility.

Vitovich added, “Patients with advanced coronary artery disease can schedule their elective procedure conveniently, close to home, and without the stressors of travel, time, and availability of larger facilities.”

The Cardiac Catheterization Lab at CSSMCW, has met all PA Department of Health-defined program development requirements focused on facility, equipment, leadership, physicians and staff (nurses and technologists), policies and procedures, appropriateness, quality, radiation safety, and tertiary backup. CSSMCW is reporting all patient outcomes to the ACC-NCDR registry and has a detailed quality improvement program in place. A quarterly review of registry data and yearly reaccreditation process will ensure the Cardiac Catheterization Lab’s strong programmatic infrastructure and quality outcomes.

With the completion of the Cath Lab, staff are preparing the area and will officially be taking patients who present to the emergency room starting August 20.

Pictured: Cath Lab staff Lauren Natta, RTR and Keisha Williams, RN BSN; Tom Kurtz, CSSMCW President & CEO; Michelle Hamula, CSSMCW Director of Nursing and Quality; Shannon Vitovich, CSSMCW Cath Lab Manager; Dr. Samir Hadeed, a Cardiology Specialist and CSSMCW Cath Lab Medical Director; and Cath Lab staff Stephanie Bosak, RTR, Tyler Spotz, RN, and Brenda Spinelli, PCT.

About ‘State of the Heart’ Cardiac Care at CSSMCW
‘State of the Heart’ Cardiac Care at CSSMCW means no more wasted time in travel to another hospital for your cardiac needs. Time is a key factor in preventing cardiac muscle injury. Minutes are crucial to survival for heart related problems. Start receiving superior care closer to home, work, and closer to your heart!

About Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber
Founded in 1906, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber (CSSMCW) is an independent, non-profit acute care hospital in northern Somerset County, bordering Cambria County. The 54-bed hospital shares a campus and collaborates with Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber (CSSIMMW), a private, non-profit biomedical research center. With more than 450 employees, CSSMCW is the fourth largest employer in Somerset County. CSSMCW’s mission is to provide excellence in personalized, quality health care services through innovation, research and education in response to community needs. For more information visit