Our Cardiopulmonary program helps to improve the overall health and daily life for heart, lung and vascular disease patients.
Comprehensive Care for Your Blood Vessels
In the next few years, more than ten million patients in America will be treated for Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), consisting of blockage or abnormality of any blood vessel (outside of the heart.)
Here in the Susquehanna Valley, an increasing need was identified to accurately diagnose this disease and provide the best treatment possible.
The Peripheral Vascular Laboratory
In response to this epidemic, Evangelical Community Hospital and Todd Stefan, MD (Board Certified Vascular Surgeon) and FACS opened the Peripheral Vascular Laboratory. As Medical Director, Dr. Stefan has been active in staff and community education on the diagnosis and treatment of PVD.
In July 2003, the lab was granted full accreditation by the prestigious ICAVL (Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories), one of the first in the area.
In July 2005, a state-of-the-art Interventional Suite was completed as part of the Imaging Service's Department’s renovation project. After this addition, Evangelical and Dr. Stefan had the final component to open the vascular center; the purpose being to streamline the care of vascular patients and provide cutting edge vascular care.
As part of the center-based care, patients will have their disease diagnosed through diagnostic testing and an ultrasound exam (Duplex) in the Vascular Lab and then be seen by Dr. Stefan in the Heart and Vascular Center.
The patient and Dr. Stefan will form a treatment plan, and care is then focused toward conservative measures, the interventional suite (for minimally invasive vascular procedures), or surgery depending on the indications.
One of the major tenets of the vascular center is to provide care and improve the lives of vascular patients by utilizing every minimally invasive advancement at our disposal. This will, hopefully, minimize pain, incisions, and recovery.
The Vascular Center concept is unique, especially for a community hospital. We proudly offer the latest advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of PVD while maintaining our patient central focus commitment.
The Heart and Vascular Center is located in Suite 100 in the Professional Office Building on the hospital's campus, at parking lot F, with convenient parking located directly in front of the facility. For details, call 570-524-5056.