Thursday, June 2, 2011

First Cardiac Procedure Performed at SHVC

Team members in the Sentara Heart and Vascular Center performed their first cardiac procedure in the new center on Wednesday, June 1. The team inserted a Swan-Ganz catheter, which is the passing of a thin tube into the right side of the heart and the arteries leading to the lungs to monitor blood flow and the overall function of the heart. This procedure is usually performed on seriously ill patients.

The SHVC team members involved in the first cardiac procedure were (left to right): Jason Morda, M.D., Mount Vernon Cardiology Associates; Dawnielle Roderick, R.N.; Matt Fisher, RT(R)(CT); Ellen Walker, R.N.; Shane Bittinger, RT(R)(VI); Khalid Abousy, M.D., Virginia Cardiovascular Care; Deidre Thomas, R.N., Charge Nurse; David Orta-Vega, RT(R)(CV), Lead Invasive Lab Tech; and Candi Mansfield, R.N., RCIS.