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On May 1, 2017 Garden City Hospital launched its new elective interventional cardiology program with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Pictured left to right are: Elias H. Kassab, MD; Sujata Kambhatla, MD; Ashok Kondur, MD; Saju George; and Emmanuel N. Papasifakis, DO.

Garden City Hospital Expands Interventional Cardiovascular Services

Garden City, MI – May 1, 2017 Garden City Hospital (GCH) celebrated the opening of a new elective interventional cardiovascular program with a ribbon cutting ceremony. On the heels of earning the coveted five-star Healthgrades Award for Excellence in Patient Safety this the spring, GCH also earned state accreditation in April to perform elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) known as coronary angioplasty.

Heart disease remains the top cause of death in southeastern Michigan as well as in the state and nation. Until 2015, Michigan’s Certificate of Need laws prohibited hospitals from offering elective PCI without open heart surgery backup. Since then, regulations have changed and Garden City Hospital’s reputation for superior performance in preventing complications met the criteria to offer elective PCI—a much-needed service for patients with heart conditions.

“Treating heart attacks on a timely basis with PCI is critical in preventing further damage to the heart muscle. Having a full range of emergency and elective interventional services means, patients now have access to leading interventional cardiologists who can respond rapidly without needing to transfer patients for specialty or complex care. Fewer transfers means faster treatment and greater likelihood of positive outcomes,” said Ashok Kondur, MD, lead GCH interventional champion.

GCH is also expanding its vascular services to include peripheral artery procedures as well as a limb preservation clinic. “The availability of expanded vascular capabilities will also complement the hospital’s wound care program,” said Saju George, CEO. Garden City Hospital is one of the few hospitals in southeastern Michigan with an advanced wound program featuring a multi-person hyperbaric chamber. It’s no wonder GCH has been designated among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for its excellent performance in patient care.