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Mercy expands with $3.7M cardiac services project at St. Anne

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The operating room to go in at St. Anne. (Source: Mercy) The operating room to go in at St. Anne. (Source: Mercy)
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Minutes and seconds are critical in a cardiac emergency. Knowing where to turn is about to become easier for residents of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Mercy, the leading provider of cardiac services in the Toledo region, has announced that Mercy St. Anne Hospital will soon offer a full service cardiovascular program. The total cost for the project is anticipated to be about $3.7 million for renovations and equipment. This project represents a portion of the approximately $38 million in major service enhancement initiatives that Mercy has planned for the region in 2014 that is aimed to grow and further enhance access to care for patients and their families.

The hospital system says this is a small price tag when you look at the lives that could be saved. 

"Instead of putting a patient in an ambulance and transporting them, we will save at least 45 minutes to an hour. We won't have to cut patient care," explained Ahed T. Nahhas M.D., medical director for diagnostic cardiology at St. Anne.

Currently, the area surrounding St. Anne does not have access to cardiac interventional services through a Mercy facility. Expanded cardiac services at St. Anne will include heart catheterization, coronary angioplasty and stenting, as well as open heart surgery. Construction is expected to be complete in August, at which time Mercy will open the catheterization lab, followed by the interventional lab and cardiac surgery in the fall of 2014.

As health care continues to transform and adapt to new models of care, Mercy is actively leading this effort locally by creating a new care delivery system that includes clinical institutes in key services and enhanced access to care through localized services that are "just around the corner."

Central to the care delivery model is chronic disease management and ensuring patients and their care providers have access to a fully integrated network that works as a team to help patients achieve optimal health. Critical to disease management is enhancing access to cardiac care, particularly, as it's the chronic disease affecting a large population and the leading cause of death in the Toledo region.

"As a leader in providing comprehensive, innovative cardiac care, this was a natural next step for Mercy to expand cardiac services at St. Anne, which allows for rapid care for patients and physicians located in the west and southwest suburbs, and southern Michigan," said Brad Bertke, president and CEO of Mercy St. Anne. "Mercy is called upon to focus on offering the full range of healthcare service for our patients throughout their entire lifespan and to care for the mind, body and spirit. It is the right thing to do for the health of our community."

Doctors say the services will be state of the art.

"I am very excited about expanding cardiac services at St. Anne to provide cutting edge cardiac services and cardio-thoracic surgery," said Nahhas. "We are committed to improving quality of care and service to our patients and their families when the new service opens."

The new services will be constructed from existing space within the current surgical area that was created during the original construction of St. Anne in 2002.

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