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Mount Nittany Medical Center Begins Construction on New Cardiovascular Pavilion

by on August 10, 2018 1:07 PM

Mount Nittany Health on Friday officially announced the construction of a new, 26,000-square-foot cardiovascular pavilion that will open at the medical center in the fall of 2019.

Physicians, staff and community members gathered at the hospital to sign their names to the final beam to be placed on the metal inner structure of the new pavilion, which is being constructed directly above the emergency department.

The $15 million addition will have two flexible labs for cardiovascular and electrophysiology procedures, an EKG exam room, four stress test exam rooms and eight prep and recovery bays. It also will have updated technology and be designed to allow for a more private and comfortable patient experience.

"The construction really is a visible reflection of the reputation that our team has for clinical excellence, both our physicians and our fabulous staff," said Kathleen Rhine, Mount Nittany Health president and CEO. "It’s really this reputation for clinical quality and patient support that has allowed us to grow and and made it critical that we expand the space they’re in so that we can meet the needs of the growing number of people that trust us with their hearts."

So far, community members have contributed $3.5 million toward the construction. Saturday's Mount Nittany Health Golf Classic at the Penn State golf courses will benefit the new pavilion.

"This is truly a momentous day for this community," said Dr. Albert Zoda, medical director of the cardiac catheterization lab. "To have this new structure being erected exceeds my wildest dreams. It’s certainly going to advance care of our patients and the community of central Pa."

Community members and hospital staff signed the final beam for the steel structure of the new cardiovascular pavilion at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Mount Nittany opened the county's first and only cardiac catheterization lab in 2000 and added interventional services and stents in 2007. The cardiovascular team -- which consists of medical professionals from Mount Nittany Physicians Group, Geisinger and Penn State Health -- has responded to 900 heart emergencies and currently performs more than 6,600 tests per year to treat conditions from abnormal heart rhythms to heart attacks.

Its average time of from arrival at the emergency room to opening an artery during a heart attack is 54 minutes, 36 minutes  better than the national benchmark of 90 minutes.

"While the space is important, it’s a team that saves lives," Rhine said.

Mount Nittany Medical Center is one of one of only 50 hospitals in the country with Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence, awarded by an independent, physician-led organization that evaluates and monitors facilities providing cardiovascular care.

Dr. Christopher Kocher said the new pavilion will allow the cardiovascular team to excel even further.

"Our new cardiovascular center will allow us to provide advanced, life-changing care for patients in our six-county region and beyond," Kocher said. "It will allow us to take full advantage of the skill, expertise and talent not only of our cardiologists but of our dedicated cardiovascular personnel."

Interior renderings of the new cardiovascular pavilion at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Image: JPT Architects, P.C.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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