Cardiologist, Dr. Ragu Dendi, joins us to talk about heart attack and living with chronic heart conditions during the COVID-19 crisis. Heart attacks still happen during a pandemic; call 9-1-1 if you're having symptoms.
Our daily hosts, Dr. Steve Stites, Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Dana Hawkinson, Medical Director, Infection Control and Prevention are also joined by a patient who recovered from COVID-19. He discusses his experience.
Seven employees were major contributors in the Sept. 24 opening of the Cardiovascular Labs Pre-Post Rapid Recovery Lounge. From left: Ruth Lucas, HITS; Mark Reichuber, CV educational specialist; Melinda Loy, RN, Clinical Ops; Greg Crawford, Operations; Jen Butler, RN; Bill Bailey, Construction Renovation; and Tara Bealmear, RN.
The Center for Advanced Heart Care is putting positive patient experiences first with the Sept. 24 launch of a new rapid recovery space.
The Cardiovascular Labs' Pre/Post Rapid Recovery Lounge, located on the heart center’s second floor, is a spacious, naturally lit room for patients recovering from heart procedures in our Cardiovascular Labs.
The lounge – one phase of several significant changes on the heart center’s second floor – was uniquely designed to ease recovery for those who undergo interventional cardiovascular procedures that do not require lying down for recovery. This process is faster than the traditional recovery of four to six hours and offers patients a more comfortable experience.
Patients in the recovery lounge are cared for by nurses and cardiovascular technicians. The typical recovery time for these patients is two hours or less. The area has nine rapid recovery bays, each equipped with a specially designed recliner for the patient, a side table and seating for loved ones. Staff have a workstation, monitoring technology and patient supplies.
The lounge is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. In the first year, up to 2,000 additional heart patients are expected to use the new space to recover from procedures.
“The Cardiovascular Labs' Pre/Post Rapid Recovery Lounge is ideal for the increasing volumes of heart patients who can recuperate and relax in reclining chairs,” says Clinical Operations Director Melinda Loy, RN.
“The setting directly contributes to a quicker and more comfortable recovery," she adds. "Heart patients and their loved ones will be very pleased with it.”
The recovery lounge also frees up beds in the unit for patients who need more in-depth recovery.
More changes on the way In addition to the new recovery lounge, the second floor of the heart center later this year will add an eighth CV lab, a 1,200-square-feet hybrid cardiovascular procedural suite. The area will function as a multipurpose lab across four cardiovascular specialties as well as allow less invasive hybrid procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
New women’s and men’s locker rooms also are under construction as well as two new conference rooms, one of which will house advanced teleconferencing equipment for cardiovascular teams to broadcast live procedural cases to other venues. The locker and conference rooms should be completed by the end of the year.
Jen Butler, RN, nurse manager, Cardiovascular Labs; and Tara Bealmear, RN, nurse manager, Cardiovascular Labs Pre/Post, supervise more than 125 staff. Both are excited the major renovations address their unit’s growth and the rapidly approaching advances in cardiovascular care.
“The patient is at the center of all our care and that is no different with this expansion,” Bealmear says. “We focused on the patient and their recovery from the start of the design.” Partial funding for the rapid recovery lounge came from The University of Kansas Health System Heart Funding Council, made up of grateful patients, community volunteers and individual donors.
Employees from Cardiovascular Nursing and Clinical Operations, Construction and Facilities, Operations, HITS, Program Planning, Perioperative Services, Biomedical Engineering and Fund Development collaborated to make the recovery lounge such an essential new feature for the heart center. Cardiovascular Interventional physicians Eric Hockstad, MD, and Peter Tadros, MD, helped establish a vision for the recovery space in 2016.
Bealmear and Reichuber prepare a rapid recovery bay for a cardiovascular patient.
Larry Louk, Golfology Co-Chair, and Barbara MacArthur from the University of Kansas Health System appeared on the Fox4 Sunday show to talk about the Golfology tournament and the ways in which $500,000 raised by the tournament so far have supported cardiac rehabilitation patients and programs. Follow this link to watch the interview: https://www.iqmediacorp.com/ClipPlayer/?ClipID=c2829c1a-608f-4575-ad0b-526a1aa736d1
Larry Louk and JoLinda Vega, Golfology fore Cardiology Founders
A drive to support heart care. Over nine years, one golf tournament has raised more than $500,000 to support cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at The University of Kansas Health System. The Golfology fore Cardiology Pro-Am was the brainchild of Larry Louk and his wife, JoLinda Vega. After Larry had open-heart surgery, he and his wife wanted to express their gratitude. “I credit the professionals at the heart center for my current good health,” said Larry. JoLinda agrees. “His care was fantastic, and the nurses always kept me informed,” she said. “They took care of me too.” Funds from the tournament support heart-healthy education, prevention activities and adaptable exercise equipment for paralyzed patients.
We thank all the companies and individuals who have supported Golfology fore Cardiology over the years. Your support has enhanced the work of the KU Center for Advanced Heart Care and has had a lasting positive impact on the lives of cardiac patients from across the Midwest.
10 Years: SSC, Mid-America Cardiology 9 Years: Black & Veatch 8 Years: JE Dunn, Terracon, Drs. Harbrecht and Kindred 7 Years: Bank of Kansas City, Valley Wine and Spirits 6 Years: Burns & McDonnell, W.L. Gore, MVP Capital, Clay Blair Family Foundation 5 Years: Gene Fritzel Construction, IMA Corp, Westrope 4 Years: Heart of America Group 3 Years: Garmin, Tito's Vodka, Ad Astra Development, Glazer's, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Physicans Business Network 2 Years: Crossfirst Bank, IBEW Local Union 124, Ashgrove Cement, DeBruce Companies, Jayhawk Fire Sprinkler 1 Year: Johnson Controls, Staco Electric Construction Co., Mercury Construction/Project Group 2000, and many others
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Age is the most significant risk factor of developing heart disease, followed by gender, family history coupled with ethnic background, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol.
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