City of Seaford donates $10,000 toward $2 million cardiac catheterization lab

By Lynn R. Parks

The city of Seaford has agreed to a request from the Nanticoke Health Services Foundation to donate $10,000 toward the new $2 million cardiac catheterization lab at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The money will be paid over three years, $2,000 this year and $4,000 in fiscal years 2013 and 2014. It will come from the citys realty tax transfer reserve fund.

In recommending that the city make the donation, city manager Dolores Slatcher said that the new lab will bring five new jobs to the area. Nanticoke Health Services, which in addition to the hospital includes LifeCare at Lofland Park and the Cancer Care Center, is already the areas largest employer.

This is an economic and employment boost to our community, Slatcher said. In addition, the lab will add a service which makes [getting health care] more convenient for the members of our community.

This will be the second cardiac catheterization lab at Nanticoke. During the annual Nanticoke Health Services Tributes dinners, held last week at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, Nanticoke CEO Steve Rose said that the equipment for the lab has already been ordered and the hospital is awaiting a state permit for the lab.

Fundraising for the new lab kicked off last year, when Seaford residents Charles C. Allen III and his wife, Barbara, donated $200,000 toward the cost.

Along with its second catheterization lab, Nanticoke also plans to hire a second cardiac interventionist.

Interventionist Dr. Ivan Pena joined the cardiology practice of doctors Alicea, Buenano, Laurion and Simons in October 2009.

Cardiac interventionists use balloon catheterization to treat heart attacks caused by blood clots: A catheter is inserted into an artery in the groin and pushed through the artery into the heart.

At the site of the clot, doctors inflate a small balloon carried into the artery by the catheter.

The balloon pushes the plaque to the sides of the artery, allowing the clot to pass and blood flow to resume. Doctors then put in place a stent, a tiny tube of non-magnetic wire mesh, at the former site of the clot to hold the plaque in place.

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have established a goal of 90 minutes for door to balloon, the time that elapses between a heart attack patient reporting to an emergency department and elimination of the blood clot.

The average door to balloon time at Nanticoke is about an hour.

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