Olean General Hospital opened its new cardiac catheterization lab this week in collaboration with Kaleida Health.
The project, under development since late 2010, provides specialized cardiac services in the Olean area for the first time.
On its first day, cardiologists saw three scheduled patients, plus a middle-of-the-night emergency patient: A heart attack patient transferred from another hospital who needed a stent placement.
"This was the first time in history that such a procedure was performed in this region," said Dr. Gary Maur, one of two interventional cardiologists hired by Kaleida to work at the Olean General lab. "Patients no longer have to be transferred to facilities in larger cities to receive life-saving treatment."
The lab is operated in partnership between OGH and Kaleida's Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo. The lab was relocated from Gates to Olean.
Procedures available at the new catheterization lab include angiography, used to diagnose blood vessel blockage around the heart, and interventional cardiac catheterization, used to repair blocked arteries using balloon angioplasty and stent placement.
OGH is the first and only hospital in the region to have these cardiac capabilities, hospital officials said.
Kaleida cardiac program at the Gates Vascular Institute accounts for 8,000 catheterization procedures and nearly 1,000 heart surgeries each year in Western New York.