Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute launched an expansion in April that will add new services for patients and ensure that the Institute remains at the forefront of innovative cardiovascular care. The $90 million project also includes the enlargement of Baptist Hospital’s Surgery Center with six large operating rooms dedicated to neuroscience, cardiac and robotic surgery.
“The expansion will be a great gift for our community and beyond,” said Barry Katzen, M.D., the Institute’s founder and medical director. “We will be able to conduct more research, make discoveries that could transform how cardiovascular care is delivered and offer advanced services.”
New programs planned by the Institute include a National Center for Aneurysm Therapy, Center for Advanced Endovascular Therapies and Center for Structural Heart Therapy. Most areas of the existing facility also will be renovated and four advanced endovascular procedure suites will be added.
When Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute opened in 1987, it operated with two doctors, six staff members and two interventional procedure suites. Today, there are more than 100 doctors and 500 employees, eight procedure rooms, two CT rooms and one MR room. The Institute has 125,000 patient visits a year.
“Our physicians have pioneered less invasive techniques to treat aneurysms, stroke and heart disease and participated in many groundbreaking research trials,” said Bo Boulenger, CEO of Baptist Hospital. “So that they remain internationally respected for the visionary work that has led to breakthroughs in the fight against cardiovascular disease, their equipment and facilities must stay on the cutting edge.”
Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute’s new facility is scheduled to open in 2016.