SOMC Prepares To Open Heart Care Unit Aug. 1

Members of the new Heart Care Unit staff at SOMC are working with a variety of training equipment such as the simulator shown.

Southern Ohio Medical Center is preparing to open a nine-bed Heart Care Unit Aug. 1 in the hospital’s former Monitored Care area on the hospital’s second floor.

“This will be the location for the unit until the new 12-bed unit opens on the first floor of the patient care addition in 2008,” Heart Care Unit Nurse Manager Paul Rase, RN, BSN, explains.

“The Heart Care Unit will provide specialized cardiac care for patients who are experiencing heart problems, as well as for patients who have undergone heart-related procedures, such as catheterizations. When we begin open heart surgery in 2008 the new unit will be adjacent to the surgery suites where the procedures will be performed.”

Rase says the staff in the Heart Care Unit specialize in cardiac care and have been undergoing a month of additional training in preparation for the heart care unit’s opening.

“We’re very excited about this next step in our continuing expansion of SOMC’s heart services in preparation for open heart surgery,” he says, adding that the new heart unit opening next year will use the “universal bed” concept. After surgery, the patient will be transferred to a specialized cardiac care bed and will be assigned to that bed for the rest of the stay. A similar approach has been used in SOMC Maternity Services for eight years.