Advanced imaging will support complex vascular and neurosurgical procedures
Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth today announced the installation of a biplane imaging machine, which offers the most advanced interventional medical imaging technology available, enabling physicians on the medical center’s Kirkland campus to treat life-threatening cardiac, vascular and neurovascular conditions, which otherwise wouldn’t be possible. The biplane unit is part of an entirely new cardiovascular and neurosurgical treatment suite which, in addition to the biplane procedure room, features five preparation and recovery rooms for patients, as well as staff support space.
“Every second counts for a patient who has suffered a stroke or other severe vascular complication,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Amy Beiter, MD. “Having this lifesaving technology on site means our expert team of physicians and staff can treat the most complex cases without the need for patients to be transferred to other facilities.”
Biplane imaging uses two rotating cameras to produce detailed 3-D images of blood vessels, soft tissue and blood flow in real-time, enabling providers to precisely identify critical blockages, aneurysms or malformations in the vessels of the brain, heart or any area throughout the body, and treat them on the spot.
The machine’s simultaneous front and side views give physicians a roadmap of the precise location that requires treatment. Providers can also use the real-time images to guide stent and catheter placement during procedures to diagnose and treat blockages, aneurysms or blood clots in critical areas like the brain and heart.
For patients, biplane technology makes minimally invasive procedures a viable alternative to open surgery. The machine allows providers to see inside the vessels without performing traditional, more intrusive or significant surgery, resulting in a more comfortable experience and shorter recovery time for patients.
The new “cath lab” suite is an addition to the health system’s existing two procedural suites, which serve heart and vascular care patients with a range of diagnostic and minimally invasive procedures. EvergreenHealth’s cath labs are also increasingly used by interventional radiologists and neurosurgeons to perform other minimally invasive, non-cardiac procedures.
“Over the past few years, we have continued to develop our cardiology and vascular services, in addition to a thriving and comprehensive neurosurgical program at EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute, enhancing our ability to care for a range of patients with complex cases. The biplane technology will further augment our ability to provide exceptional, comprehensive care under one roof,” said Dr. Beiter.
The expansion will increase EvergreenHealth’s capacity, adding about 1,200 new procedures in the first full year alone, with additional capacity expected in subsequent years. Later phases of development will also upgrade existing equipment in the health system’s current cath lab suites.
Procurement of the biplane was made possible through the support of the EvergreenHealth Foundation, community donors and the proceeds from the 2018 Evergreen Gala, and is part of the health system’s strategic plan to accommodate the rapid growth and the cardiovascular and neurosurgical needs of the Puget Sound region’s expanding Eastside community. Over the past two years, EvergreenHealth has welcomed seven new providers to their neurosurgical team, expanding its program.
For more information about EvergreenHealth’s plan to continue to expand facilities and services to meet the needs of the community, visit www.evergreenhealth.com/future.
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the region. A staff of 5,000 provides clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care, infectious disease and travel medicine, and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 13 primary care practices, five urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Overlake Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated Eastside Health Network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
In 2017, EvergreenHealth achieved its ninth designation in the last 10 years (2009-2012, and 2014-2018) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades® and was again named one of Healthgrades 2018 America’s 100 Best Hospitals, placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide based on its outstanding clinical performance. The health system was one of 750 hospitals in the country to earn an ‘A’ grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group and holds a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), one of only 337 nationwide. For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.
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