Paul G. Colavita, MD, FACC
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute
Beginning in Spring 2012, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute will expand its services at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, bringing tertiary cardiovascular services to the area for the first time.
CMC-Pineville, located just north of the South Carolina border in the southernmost tip of Mecklenburg County, is noted by patients in south Charlotte and South Carolina for its advanced care delivered with personalized service. The expansion is part of a $300 million addition to CMC-Pineville that will provide enhanced clinical services.
Services include the addition of expanded diagnostic, interventional, electrophysiology, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery capabilities. General adult cardiology and vascular medicine and interventions are also provided.
The construction updates have added state-of-the-art cardiovascular facilities, including:
- cardiac catheterization lab
- electrophysiology lab for device implantation and ablation procedures
- expanded cardiovascular recovery unit and surgical recovery bays
- expanded 30-bed ICU
- hospital-based diagnostic suite for echocardiography, stress echo and nuclear imaging
- open heart surgery operating suite
"Sanger has pioneered cardiovascular surgery in the Southeast for more than 50 years. We remain the region's heart transplant center and pediatric cardiac surgery program, the outcomes of which consistently surpass other programs on a national scale."
The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Program at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute operates under the leadership of Charles R. Bridges, MD, who oversees the program at CMC and CMC-Pineville. Sanger has pioneered cardiovascular surgery in the Southeast for more than 50 years. We remain the region's heart transplant center and pediatric cardiac surgery program, the outcomes of which consistently surpass other programs on a national scale.
The addition of open heart surgery allows the hospital to become a designated percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) center and offer comprehensive care for heart attack patients. As part of The Chest Pain Network, our interventional cardiologists can safely treat heart attack patients in the cath lab with an open heart surgeon on standby for complex blockages requiring coronary artery bypass surgery. Thoracic and cardiovascular surgery services also include valve repairs, valve replacements and a full complement of minimally invasive procedures.
The reason for our expansion southward? We're committed to improving access to care for our patients. In 2011 alone, Sanger opened three new office locations and increased the availability of subspecialists at all of our locations for patients whose needs require evaluation by electrophysiologists, vascular medicine physicians and heart failure physicians. Our hope is that expanding our reach will give patients convenient access to the highest quality cardiovascular care.