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Catheterization Labs Redevelopment Completed at Southlake Regional Health Centre

Nine-month project completed in time and under budget to meet the needs of the region’s
patients who require complex cardiac care

Newmarket, Ont. – February 13, 2018 – Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Regional Cardiac Care Program has completed its cardiac catheterization (cath) labs redevelopment, reopening three renovated labs with state-of-the-art imaging systems for diagnostic angiograms, angioplasty and structural heart procedures.

“The redevelopment of our cath labs allows us to manage our current volumes while providing additional timely access and more efficient care for patients in need of complex cardiac interventions across our region, from the GTA to Muskoka,” said Janice Allen, director, Regional Cardiac Care Program at Southlake Regional Health Centre. “It also affords us the opportunity to continue to provide new and innovative procedures for our patients within the realm of the interventional cardiology and structural heart programs.”

This redevelopment has also allowed the three electrophysiology suites – two of which had been temporarily used for cath lab activity – to return to their intended functionality. The Heart Rhythm Interventional Suites will now be dedicated to the delivery of heart rhythm diagnostic studies, ablations and implantable cardiac devices including pacemakers and defibrillators. Now, with six fully functioning labs, there is anticipated growth for both the interventional cardiology and structural heart programs, ensuring greater capacity to deliver vital cardiac services, improving wait times for patients, and enabling the cardiac team to offer more advanced, leading edge procedures – all without overburdening staff or equipment.

Having the third-highest volume in the province, this updated equipment and increased footprint will enable Southlake’s Regional Cardiac Care Program to be able to meet the needs of the population served in the Central LHIN, as well as the complex needs of those patients in the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN. Southlake’s partnership with Royal Victoria Hospital will continue to provide care for those more complex cath and PCI procedures requiring surgical back up.

About Southlake Regional Health Centre

SouthlakeRegional Health Centre is a full-service hospital with a regional, clinically advanced focus. As a regionally designated site, Southlake is responsible for developing and providing advanced levels of care to the more than one million people who reside in York Region, Simcoe County, and as far north as Muskoka. Advanced, specialty services include: arthritis care, cancer care, cardiac care, cataract surgery, child and adolescent eating disorders, mental health services for children, paediatrics and perinatal care, and thoracic surgery. Southlake is proud to have a team of over 3,000 employees, 580 physicians, and more than 900 volunteers. Combined with our commitment to provide the best possible care to patients, our goal is to make Southlake synonymous with healthcare excellence.


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Southlake Regional Health Centre
(905) 895-4521 ext. 2169

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