Baptist Hospital launches $90 million expansion of cardiac, vascular institute

 

New operating rooms for neuroscience, cardiac and robotic surgery, along with new medical technology and programs for treating a range of cardiovascular conditions will be added to Baptist Hospital of Miami by 2016 as part of a $90 million expansion launched last week, hospital officials announced Tuesday.

The three-story construction project to expand Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Hospital’s Surgery Center will add six operating rooms and an intraoperative MRI that will allow neurosurgeons to treat brain tumors, as well as additional space for teaching and new programs and centers, including a center for aneurysm therapy, a center for advanced endovascular therapies, a center for structural heart therapy and an advanced arrhythmia therapy center. A new lobby, surgery waiting and registration area also are planned.

Dr. Barry Katzen, the institute’s founder and medical director, said the expansion will allow physicians with different specialties to collaborate on less invasive solutions for patients with unique problems, and to conduct more research that will lead to first-in-the-world therapies and services in the field of cardiovascular care.

“We’re frequently challenged to create solutions for patients that have no alternatives,’’ he said, “that for whatever reason are stuck in a situation where there’s no known alternative to their problem.’’

The expansion is the latest step in the evolution of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, which opened in 1987 with two doctors, six staff members and two interventional procedure suites. Today, the institute is staffed by more than 300 doctors and 500 employees, and includes eight procedure rooms and three diagnostic imaging rooms. The institute receives 125,000 patient visits a year, hospital officials said.

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