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WCA Cath Lab Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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WCA Heart Center Cath Lab staff (left to right), Laurie Bryerton, R.N. ; Lisa Davis, Senior R.N. ; James Cirbus, MD, FACC, board-certified cardiologist, WCA Heart Center Medical Director ; Janet Blume, R.N. ; Lisa Heath, Radiologic Technologist.

Jamestown, New York (Wednesday, November 2, 2011)—September marked the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the WCA Heart Center Cardiac Catheterization Lab. The first cardiac catherization lab procedure was performed at WCA Hospital on September 5, 2001.  To date, the WCA Heart Center has performed more than 4,000 cardiac catheterization procedures.

“Our 10th anniversary serves as a reminder of the many patients who have entrusted their care to WCA over the years,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “There is a dedication to excellence that is the cornerstone of our culture and quality and it is derived from our physicians, staff and volunteers who are committed to delivering excellent patient care. As we commemorate this milestone, I want to extend my sincere thanks to our outstanding staff for their contributions to our cath lab program and our patients who we are so privileged to serve.”

The WCA Heart Center’s state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab is equipped with highly sophisticated technology that can identify heart disease and structural heart defects.  Cardiac catheterization (also called cardiac cath or coronary angiogram) is used to evaluate or confirm the presence of coronary artery disease, valve disease or disease of the aorta; evaluate heart muscle function; or determine the need for further treatment.

The WCA Heart Center Medical Director, James Cirbus, MD, FACC, board-certified cardiologist, says the cath lab is recognized for its excellence in cardiac care.  “Our accomplishments reflect the combined efforts of our physicians, nurses and technicians,” said Dr. Cirbus.  “We have set the bar very high to be on par with the best diagnostic cardiac cath labs in the region in terms of safety and outcomes.  I congratulate our staff for ten years of excellence in patient care and look forward to the continued success of the program in the future.”

“I had a wonderful experience and was treated very nice at the WCA Cath Lab,” said Annette Shaffer, WCA’s 4,000th cardiac catheterization patient.  “Everyone was very concerned about my care.”

“When you have a heart problem, you want to be sure you’re getting the best possible care,” says Lisa Davis, Senior Cardiac Cath Lab R.N., who has worked in the cardiac catheterization lab since its opening.  “We are very proud of our success and we are dedicated to continuing to bring our patients the most up-to-date cardiac services while treating our patients with great care and compassion.”

For help in evaluating your risk for heart disease, talk to you your primary care provider.  To learn more about the WCA Heart Center including their cardiac catheterization lab services, visit

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