The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

October 31, 2009

Cardiac services

Raleigh General to open new unit Monday

Raleigh General Hospital will begin providing elective and emergency cardiac angioplasty services to residents of southern West Virginia on Monday.

The opening of the interventional cardiology unit is the culmination of several years worth of work by many people, according to RGH CEO Karen Bowling.

Bowling said the RGH team, Gov. Joe Manchin and the state Health Care Authority helped turn the desire for a new angioplasty catheterization lab into a reality.

Now, patients will not have to travel to Charleston for emergency or elective angioplasty procedures.

“RGH is very excited that we’re going to be able to begin our cardiac angioplasty program,” added Bowling. “I’ve had this goal for many years.

“I’ve felt it was very important that we have these cardiac services in the southern part of the state,” she said. “I believe the team I have here at RGH is outstanding and is going to provide quality service to this community.”

As part of the process leading up to providing the cardiac angioplasty services, RGH sought chest pain accreditation.

“We are now the first and only hospital with this distinction in West Virginia,” Bowling indicated.

Bowling said she sought the accreditation to show the hospital’s commitment to the community.

“We wanted to make sure people were going to know we had a real focus in providing this service in a quality manner,” she said.

Bowling announced that Dr. Kenn Glaser, an interventional cardiologist with more than 20 years of experience, was recently added to the RGH staff as director of the program.

A cardiac angioplasty catheterization laboratory and new equipment has been added at the hospital, step-down rooms have been updated and staff has been trained in anticipation of the opening of the cath lab.

“We’ve hired additional staff,” Bowling added. “Those staff have been trained to be able to work with our interventional cardiologist to provide the service.

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