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St. Elizabeth opens state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Lab August 18, 2016

Southeast Texas Cardiac Care elevated with the opening of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth’s State of the Art two million dollar cardiac catheterization lab. The lab’s revolutionary technology gives physicians three-dimensional view of the arteries, vessels and more precision in complex cases.

The CHRISTUS promise to bring the latest, state-of-the art medical technology to Southeast Texas continues with the opening of the 1,000 square-foot, $2 million Cardiac Catheterization Lab at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth. The lab’s new technology allows cardiologists, interventional radiologists and surgeons never-seen-before-views of vessels and arteries, allowing them more precision in complex cases.

“The opening of the new cath lab marks another milestone in our transformation, providing technology that gives our physicians, nurses and medical staff the ability to provide the best in health care, close to home,” said Paul Trevino, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System CEO.

The lab features the Siemens angiography system Artis Q, a revolutionary new X-ray tube and detector technology designed to improve minimally invasive therapy of diseases such as coronary artery disease, stroke and cancer. The new X-ray tube can help physicians identify small vessels up to 70 percent better than conventional X-ray tube technology with drastically reduced radiation doses than any x-ray system before.

The system also features software like CLEARstent Live, allowing real-time coronary stent enhancement to treat the most complex cases.

“The technology offers maximum precision for shorter procedure times, less contrasts, less radiation, more accurate treatment and simply better results for our patients,” said Interventional Cardiologist Mark Fasulo, MD. Patient procedures conducted in the high-tech lab can include stent placement, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, tumor embolizations and complex catheter based surgical procedures.

“This room embodies the future of healthcare,“ said Rhonda Butler, Cardiovascular Patient Navigator and Cardiac Catheterization Lab Clinical Manager. “It’s a procedure room that can do anything. Beyond the technology, we have worked hard to find the best practices for reducing infection. We are the first cath lab in Southeast Texas to use microbicidal paint from Sherman Williams. It’s the first paint with the power to kill bacteria within 2 hour of exposure to a painted surface. ”

The new lab is the fourth catheterization lab at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth.

From education and prevention to diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is a leader in cardiovascular health, recognized nationally for its care practices.

Since June 2015, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System has been transforming into an integrated health delivery system, upgrading facilities and technology, adding more physician clinics and outpatient centers to bring health care into the communities they serve.