Mercy Vision for Cardiology | Bridging the Gap

Vision for Mercy Cardiology

Together, we can expand cardiology services and provide comprehensive heart and vascular treatment to all.

Some 2,500 patients are seen at the Mercy Medical Building South in Washington each day and at least half of those are receiving some type of cardiac care. In response to this need, Mercy Washington has expanded its cardiovascular services over the past five years to include a second on-site cardiac catheterization lab, a new, larger cardio pulmonary rehabilitation center and a full spectrum of cardiovascular services.

Previously, patients would have to travel to St. Louis to receive implants, stents and other procedures. Patients can now receive care and recover close to home due to Mercy’s commitment to its patients and community.

As Mercy looks to the future, the need for cardiac services in Washington and the surrounding Four Rivers region is expected to increase an estimated 10 percent in the next five to 10 years.

Readiness for the future is imperative. Mercy’s ongoing investment in capital needs, together with private donations from the community will allow Mercy to keep abreast of ever-changing technological advances and continue to provide excellent quality care to everyone in our community.

Just What is Needed?

In order for Mercy to continue delivering state-of-the-art cardiac care close to home, there are both equipment and renovation needs.

To meet demands, vital equipment needs include three new echocardiograph and vascular units that provide 3D images for physicians to diagnose and treat, as well as two nuclear cameras to help decrease radiation exposure.

Currently, an average of 40 hospital patients per day receive cardiac testing in the hospital stress lab. This area is mainly utilized for patients who’ve been admitted to the hospital, however, when demand is too high for capacity at the Mercy Medical Building South, providers perform tests at the hospital.

Combined, more than 60 hospital and clinic patients are seen per day in an area that has not been built for such volume. To accommodate this and future volume, Mercy needs two general nuclear testing units, a Venticon machine to diagnose blood clots in the lungs and upgraded and expanded patient waiting area and restroom. These upgrades would also improve the patient experience by increasing efficiency and clearer patient wayfinding.

For more information, click on the Cardiology brochure below.