Hospital Now Provides Catheterizations and Heart Surgery
Mequon, Wis., October 5, 2005—Starting this week, residents of Ozaukee County and surrounding communities can now receive complete cardiovascular care with the opening of a full-service cardiovascular program at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital.
The Ozaukee Hospital has always provided emergency cardiovascular care, intensive care, and cardiovascular rehabilitation services. However, patients who needed a catheterization, interventional procedure, or heart surgery had to be transferred to Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia Campus or Milwaukee Campus on Milwaukee’s east side. In January 2004, Columbia St. Mary’s began studying the implementation of a full-service cardiovascular program at its Ozaukee Hospital.
"Offering a complete cardiovascular program at the Ozaukee Hospital is in response to a need for these services in the community," said Gerri Staffileno, VP Hospital Operations/Chief Nursing Officer at the Ozaukee Hospital. "Over the years, many of our patients have asked us to implement a cardiovascular care program close to their home and family. Offering these services in Ozaukee County will enable us to better serve patients by responding much more effectively to their needs and responding more quickly to emergencies," Expanded cardiovascular services at the Ozaukee Hospital now include heart surgery and two new catheterization labs to provide diagnostic cardiac catheterizations along with angioplasty and stent procedures. The catheterization lab and full cardiovascular care program will work together, since the conditions discovered through catheterization often lead to heart surgery.
"We project that we will have significant growth in heart surgery, cardiac catheterizations, and interventional procedures at our Ozaukee Hospital not only during the first year, but over the next five years of the full-service program," said Tom Dohmeier, Executive Director, Cardiovascular Services. "With improved access to cardiovascular care at Ozaukee, we also expect our overall volume of cardiovascular services to grow throughout our system. And it will be easier for primary care physicians in this area to follow their patients who are admitted for cardiovascular care."
"People will be able to receive all cardiovascular services within this community without the need to transfer patients to one of our eastside hospitals," Staffileno said. When the new Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee Hospital is completed in 2010, the health care system will have two full-service cardiovascular care programs—the Ozaukee Hospital program and the Cardiovascular Institute at the new Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee Hospital. The Cardiovascular Institute will combine the cardiovascular services at the Columbia and Milwaukee campuses. Columbia St. Mary’s is committed to providing the same comprehensive cardiovascular care services at both sites, delivered by the same staff of nationally recognized heart specialists.
The Columbia St. Mary's system is comprised of four hospitals: Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee Campus, Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia Campus, Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Campus, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute, as well as 27 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, and a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. An Outpatient Care Center will open in Glendale in late 2005. The system serves individuals and families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington counties, with more than 157 years of service. Columbia St. Mary’s and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable.