CCMH Installs New Heart Catheterization Lab

When you or a loved one has a heart attack, not only do seconds count, but having a facility close by that can provide a full spectrum of coronary care is critical. Comanche County Memorial Hospital has the only heart program in Southwest Oklahoma that has the technology and staff to provide comprehensive cardiovascular care. CCMH is excited to announce the recent installation of a new state-of-the-art heart catheterization laboratory.

The new cath lab opened May 26, replacing an older existing lab. The new lab utilizes the most advanced cardiovascular imaging and hemodynamic (the forces circulating blood) monitoring available.

It has the latest flat panel design that allows improved image resolution with a 30 percent reduction in radiation dose to both the patient and staff. The new system affords the latest technology for both diagnostic and interventional procedures such as angioplasty, cardiac and peripheral stenting.

"The community and Southwest Oklahoma are very fortunate to have this technology available to them. It is such a valuable service for CCMH to provide," said Radiology manager Tom Ranallo.

This year about 1.1 million Americans will have a first heart attack and 515,000 of these people will die, 250,000 of them before they reach a hospital. Yes, this is an emergent situation and we at Comanche County Memorial Hospital are ready to respond with prompt intervention that could be lifesaving.

CCMH has been ranked #1 in Oklahoma for overall heart care by HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent health ratings experts, and is the only health care facility in Southwest Oklahoma capable of providing comprehensive heart care. Our skilled emergency department physicians, cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons provide quick diagnosis and prompt intervention with CT technology, angioplasty and stenting or open heart surgery when needed, 24/7/365.

“Memorial is the only facility in Lawton and Southwest Oklahoma that can provide the complete package,” said Randy Segler, CEO of CCMH. “From interventional procedures and surgery, to compassionate care provided by caring, experienced people, there is no reason to go anywhere else.”

In the event of a heart attack, time is of the essence. Patients who deny or ignore their symptoms may delay appropriate care. This delay may result in death, significant irreversible heart muscle damage, or development of acute heart failure. Immediate attention to symptoms or even a question of possible heart attack should be evaluated by a team of professionals who have the latest technologies for heart attack patients. In matters of the heart, there is only one choice, Comanche County Memorial Hospital.