IPMC Unveils Updated Interventional Cardiac Cath Lab


KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Indian Path Medical Center (IPMC) held an open house this week to celebrate the opening of the hospital’s updated cardiac catheterization lab. Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) recently spent approximately $1 million to update imaging equipment in the cath lab; physicians at IPMC are now able to perform interventional cath procedures around the clock.

“We’re happy to announce to the Kingsport community that Indian Path Medical Center is now able to provide 24-hour coverage to our patients with acute heart attacks,” said Dr. Robert McQueen, an interventional cardiologist at IPMC.

The cath lab’s new imaging equipment offers a crystal-clear view of the patient’s blood vessels, enhancing physicians’ ability to provide expert interventional care.

“This is the best equipment available,” said McQueen. “It’s like upgrading to HD TV. The more you can see inside a patient’s arteries, the more you can recognize and catch potential problems.”

Interventional cardiology is a relatively new service at IPMC. Before interventional services were introduced 18 months ago, the cath lab was only able to do diagnostic procedures.

“Before, we could only take pictures and then send the patients to other facilities. Now, we’re able to open those arteries and stop the heart attack right here in this community facility,” McQueen said.

The speed and convenience of IPMC’s cath lab made all the difference in the world to Kingsport resident Myron Frazier last summer.

“I suffered a heart attack last July 12, and they brought me in,” Frazier said.

Frazier has no memory of arriving at the hospital or undergoing the procedure that saved his life, but when he woke up in ICU, he was surrounded by a caring staff that helped put his mind at ease.

“Everyone was so attentive to all my needs, and I liked that,” Frazier said. “Dr. McQueen worked with me, and it was a good experience.”

About Mountain States Health Alliance

Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit www.msha.com.
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