Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center Opens New Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center has announced the official opening of the hospital's new Cardiac Catherization Lab.

"This added modality is a major advancement to help serve our community and offer exceptional standards of care to our patients," said Anthony J. Passannante Jr., M.D., FACC, and President of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center. "It represents our continued investment in providing the finest heart care available in our area. Now, local residents will have access to life-saving diagnostic procedures using the most advanced equipment and technology — right here in our community."

In the photo...

(left to right) Anoop Wattamwar, M.D., Director of Interventional Radiology; David O'Connor, M.D., F.A.C.S., Director of Vascular Surgery; and Umesh Katdare, M.D., F.A.C.C., Clinical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

The new Cardiac Catheterization Lab features the most advanced diagnostic equipment available and highly-skilled physicians and staff to perform the latest in diagnosing heart disease, utilizing the state-of-the-art Siemens Artis Zee camera and 55-inch screen for viewing images.

Cardiac Catheterization is the most definitive test to diagnose heart disease. The procedure is performed as an outpatient, and patients are discharged to home within a few hours. In addition to Cardiology, the new lab also serves to diagnose and treat vascular issues in the legs, carotid arteries, abdominal aneurysms, with balloons or stents, or other technology. Interventional Radiology procedures will also be performed in the lab as well.

"Our new Cardiac Cath Lab will make a major difference in how we can diagnose and treat cardiac patients at Palisades," said Umesh Katdare, M.D., FACC, Clinical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. "We now have the expertise and technology to determine the best treatment path needed. For example, we can now efficiently identify whether or not a patient needs to have surgery or stents, or whether he or she can be treated with medications."

Today, one in three Americans suffers from some form of cardiovascular disease, which remains the leading cause of death for both men and women nationwide. Heart disease includes coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure and congenital heart disease and can result from multiple factors, including family history (genetic predisposition), tobacco use, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight or obese, or any combination of the above risk factors.

"Diagnosing heart disease before a heart attack is the key step in saving the heart muscle," explained Michele Impreveduto, MPA, RN-BC, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. "You can minimize potentially life-threatening problems by visiting your physician regularly and by being aware of risk factors and your family history. You should always ask questions and inquire about ways to screen for cardiac issues."

For more information, please contact Michele Impreveduto, MPA, RN-BC, at (201) 854-5142.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is located at 7600 River Road in North Bergen, NJ, and it serves a population of 400,000 in Hudson and southern Bergen counties. The not-for-profit medical center is a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health System, and it features a 202-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center.

Palisades Medical Center is ranked as one of the top hospitals of its size in New Jersey by Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has honored Palisades Medical Center with its prestigious Community Outreach Award for its year-round commitment to educate residents, improve access to care, and reduce health disparities. Palisades Medical Center is the largest employer in its service area with more than 1,300 employees. It has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit palisadesmedical.org.

About Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers — Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children's hospitals — Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune; 11 community hospitals — Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 160 patient care locations throughout the state, which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members and 6,500 physicians, and it is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network's notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, and having four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey, including Hackensack University Medical Center, which is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For," one of the "20 Best Workplaces in Health Care" in the nation, and the number one "Best Place to Work for Women." Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

For additional information, please visit HackensackMeridianHealth.org.