Lake City Medical Center
March 06, 2015

LCMC performs area's first interventional cardiac procedure, Robert GiffordLake City, FL – Lake City Medical Center has announced that cardiologist Daniel Van Roy, MD, has performed the area’s first interventional heart procedure in the hospital’s new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab.

Van Roy placed the stent in Lake City resident Richard Gifford who was referred by his primary care physician.

“I was having pain in my chest and my doctor said I needed to see a cardiologist immediately,” Gifford said. “Instead of having two procedures, Dr. Van Roy was able to do the stent as soon as he saw that the artery was blocked. Having this kind of program in Lake City is great.”

“We are excited about working together with our cath lab team and the cardiologists from The Cardiac & Vascular Institute to provide this life-saving care here in Lake City,” said Mark Miller, the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer. “We have invested in a new facility, on behalf of our community, to provide interventional cardiac care so that residents do not have to travel for quality cardiac care.”

The new cath lab features the OPTIS Integrated System by St. Jude Medical. It’s the largest high-resolution monitor of its kind in the area. The monitor improves accuracy of what the physician sees while decreasing the radiation by more than 50%, which is better for the patient and staff. A better view of what’s going on inside the heart during procedures allows physicians to make the best treatment decisions with complex cardiac disease.

While LCMC’s free-standing cardiac cath lab offered diagnostic services, moving the lab inside the hospital allows cardiologists to perform interventional procedures called Percutaneous Coronary Intervention(PCI), which includes balloon angioplasty and stenting. LCMC is the only hospital in Columbia, Suwannee and Hamilton counties performing these vital procedures.

“We are thrilled to be achieving our goals of creating a comprehensive cardiovascular program in this community,” Van Roy said. “We’ve been able to put together a great team of cardiologists and cath lab personnel who are able to perform not only needed diagnostic testing, but also coronary interventions. That’s a win-win for our patients.”

Gifford couldn’t agree more. One week after his procedure, he was back delivering Coffee News to area businesses.

The cardiologists from The Cardiac & Vascular Institute have been taking care of patients at Lake City Medical Center since 2003.