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Walla Walla General Hospital to Enhance Area Cardiac Care Through New Cath Lab


Construction on the $2.3 million project starts this month


Walla Walla General Hospital is beginning construction on a catheterization lab to enhance the range of cardiac services offered by the hospital. 

When complete, the $2.3 million project will comprise a state-of-the-art cath lab for coronary angiograms, a rapid, accurate diagnostic tool to help determine the best course of care for a patient with cardiac symptoms. The 2,800 square foot cath lab is scheduled to be operational by early summer 2011.

The lab has been designed as a multi-use area, and can also serve as an operating room for vascular studies and surgery, interventional radiology and interventional pain procedures.

The cath lab will add to WWGH’s comprehensive cardiac care program. From the Chest Pain Center that uses today’s most advanced protocols to detect and treat heart attacks to our follow-up cardiac rehabilitation program that helps patients return to a normal life after a heart attack, WWGH has a long history of exceptional cardiac care. The cath lab will enhance and support those services by allowing patients to remain in Walla Walla for more invasive procedures.

“Every year we send more than 100 patients with cardiac symptoms to hospitals outside our valley, causing additional stress for the patients and their families,” says Monty Knittel, WWGH president and CEO. “Our emergency care for cardiac patients is among the best in the nation and being able to follow up with more advanced procedures for those patients will allow for the best outcomes throughout their recovery.”

Due to its location in the hospital, the construction project--managed by McKormick Construction from Pendleton--also includes a remodel of the rehabilitation services department with private treatment rooms and a more efficient use of space. Outpatient rehabilitation services has temporarily relocated to Suite 2 in the physician office building adjacent to the hospital. All other hospital services will remain uninterrupted during the construction process.