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Logan Regional Medical Center (LRMC) hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon for their new 3.6 million dollar cardiac catheterization laboratory.
The new lab features new state-of-the-art equipment for cardiac and interventional imaging.
Cardiac catheterization examines patients for blockages in the heart and coronary arteries.
The test examines blood flow in the arteries, blood flow and blood pressure in the chambers of the heart, and function of the heart. Interventional Radiology is a subspecialty that allows specially-trained radiologists to see inside the body while guiding catheters and other instruments through blood vessels and other pathways of the body to perform minimally invasive procedures.
The new IR/CATH Lab at Logan Regional features new state-of-the-art equipment for cardiac and interventional imaging, and will offer diagnostic cardiac services, as well as interventional radiology procedures.
The event also introduced the new CEO, John Walker, to the public.
Speakers for the event included Walker, U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall, W.Va. State Treasurer John Perdue and Logan County Commission president Art Kirkendoll.
"We are here today for the inauguration of this very important facility that will help healthcare in this part of the state and to welcome the new CEO of Logan Regional," said Rahall. "John Walker finds himself the third day on the job and it is a beautiful way to inaugurate him as the new CEO. This is an important day for healthcare in Logan County. Every step forward we can make in providing healthcare to people in southern West Virginia and for Logan County is a great day. We know how difficult that often is and this means that a lot of patients will not have to travel to get appropriate care. It also shows faith and confidence in this area."
"This is quite an introduction" said Walker, who began his job officially on June 1. Walker came to LRMC from its sister facility located in Dodge City, Kan.
Walker said he has plans to continue expansion of services at the facility.
"We need to continue to focus on expansion," Walker said. "This being my third day, it is a little to early to say what those might be. I know this is a very strong administrative team here and they have many ideas that we will be bringing forth to continue to enhance services here."
Following dedication prayer by Rev. Audie Murphy, Nancy Godby, COO of LRMC, introduced Walker.
"This is quite really quite a kickoff for my first week here," Walker said. "But more importantly, it is quite a kickoff for this area and this region to enhance our services here. I am very fortunate to be a part of making this a great hospital in a great community."
Walker also introduced the lab staff, the interventional radiologists with Radiology, Inc., and the cardiologists who will be working in the new CATH lab.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony included Logan County Emergency Services Director Roger Bryant; Danny Ellis; Rev. Murphy, LRMC board of directors member; Walker; Godby; Congressman Rahall; Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti; Logan County Commission President Art Kirkendoll; W.Va. State Treasurer John Perdue and staff of the IR/CATH lab.
Following remarks by Rahall, Perdue and Kirkendoll, guests were invited to tour the new lab and enjoy the light refreshments offered.
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