Lewiston, NY (WKBW-TV) In a press conference Friday, Catholic Health announced that in a major move to address a growing heart disease problem in Niagara County, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center will collaborate with Catholic Health’s Heart Center at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo to invest $7.9 million and construct a cardiac catheterization laboratory on the campus of the Lewiston hospital.
This will be the only such facility in Niagara County to provide cardiac catheterization and coronary angioplasty procedures. Having a cardiac catheterization lab fulfills a great unmet need. Niagara County has one of the highest incidences of heart disease in the state and clearly there is an urgent need to improve access to cardiac services.
We have the opportunity to work together to attack this growing problem. According to the Department of Health, in 2007 Niagara County residents experienced death rates 39% above the state average (355 per 100,000 persons) from diseases of the heart, compared to a New York State average of 255 per 100,000. It is a problem that is getting worse. In 2003, Niagara County was 28% higher than the state average. Clearly we have an obligation to improve access to cardiac catheterization in the Niagara region.