By Joe Malan, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
Integris Bass Baptist Health Center is set to open a brand new cardiology center at the beginning of March.
Construction for the 16,000-square-foot Integris Heart and Vascular Institute of Northwest Oklahoma, across from the hospital’s main campus at 600 S. Monroe, has been ongoing since last year, and hospital personnel are getting anxious to open the building for patients.
“It’s going well,” Chief Nursing Officer Edward Herrman said about preparations to open the building. “We have our certificate of occupancy, and our plan is to have all of the clinics in there and all of the other imaging (machines).”
One of the new things going into the new cardiology building is a 64 Slice CT Scanner that will allow the hospital to study the heart not only in 3D but in what Herrman calls “4D.”
3D allows the cardiologist to see all the way around the heart, Herrman said. When using 4D, doctors can see through the arteries and down into the heart.
“It’s pretty popular nationwide now,” Herrman said of the technology.
“It really just puts us on a safe playing field technology-wise you would have at any heart hospital,” Herrman said.
Other machines at the cardiology center will include a nuclear medicine machine for heart and vascular studies and a chest X-ray machine.
There will be stress tests facilities available so patients can have any heart abnormalities found quickly.
The cardiology building will have two cardiologists — Dr. John Schrader and Dr. Doug Brown — a cardiothoracic surgeon — Dr. David Vanhooser — and a physicians assistant.
Additionally, Bass will relocate its cardiac and pulmonary rehab units to the cardiology building.
Herrman said the goal is to make it so if a problem is found as tests are run, the patient can go to the hospital and get it taken care of within a short amount of time.
“It kind of makes it a one-stop shop for your cardiac needs,” Herrman said.
Bass spokeswoman Anita Andrew said the staff is thrilled about the new center.
“As you can imagine, we’re all very excited about it,” she said. “It’s a big project no only for the hospital but for the community.”
Construction on the cardiology building mostly is finished. Herrman said the only thing left to do is finishing touches inside, including interior decorating, blinds and a tranquility waterfall in the front lobby.