of East St. Tammany Parish and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including Picayune,
will soon be able to take
advantage of more coordinated, convenient cardiac services and advanced
technology. The completed Slidell Memorial Hospital Heart Center, a project
done in two phases, is tentatively slated to open its second and final phase to
with this project's completion, the community now has a specialized heart
hospital within a full-service acute care hospital. It is yet another promise
kept by SMH leadership and staff.
the community, this means the ability to provide state-of-the-art
cardiovascular care in a consolidated environment, close to home, said SMH Chief
Executive Officer Bill Davis.
addition, SMH has now been certified by
the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, recognizing SMH meets exacting
standards to support better outcomes for stroke care.
are intensely proud of what we've accomplished for our community, said Davis.
"This project is about saving lives and improving the community's health, now
and in the future, and doing it in a way that shows we understand the need to
find the best way of delivering excellent care while lowering costs of
delivering that care.
SMH Heart Center was built in two phases. The first, opening in late 2013, was
part of the construction of a new wing of the hospital. That wing houses the
expanded Emergency Room on the first floor and the inpatient rooms of the SMH
Heart Center on the second floor. The second phase of the SMH Heart Center,
promised to the community when the first phase opened, brings together all
other cardiac services of the hospital into one convenient, coordinated
location adjoining the first phase.
this project also brings to the community are leading-edge patient care
features and the latest in diagnostic technology. There are 38 private,
technologically-advanced "smart rooms for inpatients, two state-of-the-art
cardiac cath labs, a superior patient monitoring system and care delivered by
one continuous team from "door to discharge. The adjacent outpatient services
area houses all diagnostic technology and treatment services including SMH
new Heart Center advances cardiac patient care by placing the patients at the center of every design
and technology decision in ways I've never seen before, even in
heart-specializing hospitals, said SMH Cardiology Medical Director Vasanth K. Bethala.
PHOTO INFORMATION: Attached is a map showing the
location of the SMH Heart Center. Also attached is an image inside one of the
Cardiac Cath Labs
Slidell Memorial Hospital
is a full-service 229-bed acute care not-for-profit community hospital located
at 1001 Gause Blvd., in the heart of Slidell. Founded in 1959, SMH serves as a
primary healthcare resource for families in St. Tammany Parish, La.; and, Pearl
River County, Miss. For more information, visit http://www.slidellmemorial.org/ .
The hospital's main phone number is (985) 280-2200.
Memorial Hospital Foundation