HONOLULU – Yesterday, The Queen’s Medical Center held a blessing for two new state-of-the-art electrophysiology laboratories. The new 700 square foot labs will be used for minimally invasive procedures to treat patients with heart rhythm disorders.
The labs will be outfitted with the latest technology including the most sophisticated mapping system of the heart, as well as advanced x-ray imaging which allows operators to see the heart with superior quality while significantly limiting radiation to patients.
“The completion of this project signifies Queen’s commitment in expanding our services to meet the growing needs of our community,” said Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Queen’s Health System. “Heart disease is an important issue affecting Hawaii residents, and being able to provide this level of care with our new labs, coupled with our talented and nationally recognized physicians, will no doubt help save lives.”
“Modern treatment for patients with heart rhythm disorders requires a combination of the latest technology as well as infrastructure,” said Dr. David Singh, an electrophysiologist and Chief of the Department of Cardiovascular Services at The Queen’s Medical Center. “The establishment of these labs brings both to The Queen’s Medical Center as the preeminent facility in Hawaii for caring for these types of patients.”
“Technology is just one component of delivering high quality care to our patients. An even bigger piece is the people we have. We have outstanding electrophysiologists, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and others who play an integral role in caring for our patients and are committed to compassionate care and better outcomes,” said Kapunahele Montgomery, Vice President of Patient Care for Cardiac Services at The Queen’s Medical Center.
The care team at Queen’s Heart Institute is also nationally recognized receiving accolades from the American Heart Association as a Gold Award recipient for its Heart Failure Program, applying the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment to improve patient care and outcomes, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer returns to the hospital. In addition, The Queen’s Medical Center is rated the #1 hospital in Hawaiʻi in 2021-2022 by U.S. News & World Report with its heart attack, heart failure, and heart bypass surgery procedures and conditions being rated as High Performing.
The project took about two years to complete at a cost of approximately $13 million. Procedures are scheduled to begin in the new labs later this month.