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New facility features latest digital technology

BUFFALO, NEW YORK: May 24, 2007-ECMC Corporation today held a grand re-opening of an expanded, state-of-the-art digital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab) Suite. Dignitaries, political officials, ECMC board members, administrators, physician and nursing staff members were on-hand in support of the $2.2 million facility expansion and enhancement.

Recognizing community need, in April of 2006, the New York State Department of Health (NYS-DOH) approved ECMC's Certificate Of Need (CON) application for the new facility. ECMC's new Cardiac Catheterization Suite now features three (3) state-of-the-art, digital imaging cardiac cath labs-one with dual capacity for both heart procedures (cardiac catheterization--passage of a catheter through an artery in the arm, leg or neck into the heart for evaluation or treatment of blockage) and in selective patients there is the possibility of imaging via peripheral angiography (study of outer boundary vessels--such as the kidney, legs and other arteries--using a contrast material for viewing of blockages) procedures. The two original cath labs have been fully upgraded to include the same advanced digital technology as the new/third lab. The patient recovery-holding area includes bed-side electronic charting capability that enables nurses to monitor and record patient conditions with the latest in computerized patient monitoring technology. This area doubles capacity with space for eight patients/beds (rather than the previous four) improving patient comfort and physician efficiency. Additionally, physician and nursing staff have been added to fully utilize the new cath suite and better respond to patient needs.

"ECMC's new digital cardiac cath lab expansion is the next step toward the provision of an entirely new level of cardiac care service for this community with the development of our proposed ‘Heart Hospital'," stated ECMC Corporation President and CEO Michael A. Young, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E. Last month Young unveiled plans for ECMC's $91.7 million "Heart Hospital" (comprehensive heart and vascular care facility).

"The expansion of our cath lab suite enables us to increase capacity to further improve our response time in emergency situations and to address multiple problem areas in selective patients. The new technology will help us to continue to improve patient outcomes, safety and comfort. This translates into better service for the physicians, staff and their patients," noted Neil Dashkoff, MD, Director of ECMC's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

Coronary heart disease is the number one killer in America, and the Buffalo region has consistently held one of the highest rates of heart disease in the country. In March of 2004, ECMC responded to a vital community need with the activation of the region's first 24-hour, seven-days-a-week emergency angioplasty service. ECMC's 24/7 trauma system, rooftop heliport accessibility, and a teamwork approach has created the ideal foundation for an efficient and timely cardiac transfer system and a regional resource for around the clock angioplasty. ECMC remains a leader in emergency care of cardiac patients--with a 2007 year-to-date angioplasty door-to-balloon time (elapsed time from hospital arrival until the blocked artery is re-opened) of only 65 minutes. The national benchmark is 90 minutes.

The ECMC Corporation includes an advanced academic medical center (ECMC) with 550 inpatient beds and 136 skilled-nursing-home beds, on- and off-campus health centers, over 40 outpatient specialty care clinics and the Erie County Home, a 586-bed skilled nursing facility. ECMC is the regional center for trauma, burn care, rehabilitation and is a major teaching facility for the State University of New York at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the University. Exceptional patient care and customer service make ECMC Western New York's Hospital of Choice.

Joe Cirillo 716-898-4300 or jcirillo@ecmc.edu

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