Ocala Health
April 21, 2015

Ocala, FL, April 21, 2015 –Ocala Health announces the opening of a 4,820 sq. ft. cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology lab and a 24 patient room tower on its West Marion Community Hospital campus. The $15 million project represents the expansion of cardiovascular services at West Marion, where patients are now able to receive a wide range of diagnostic and interventional cardiovascular treatments. Twelve of the 24 additional private patient rooms will be dedicated to cardiovascular patient care, staffed by specially trained nurses and techs. The remaining 12 patient beds will be dedicated to medical and surgical patient care.

“These new services and expanded capacity will have a positive and immediate impact for area residents. By adding to our scope of cardiovascular services and increasing the number of patients we can treat, we are meeting a real need for acute cardiac care west of I-75,” notes Ginger Carroll, CEO, West Marion Community Hospital. “This is a continuation of impressive growth that has become part of our commitment to this community.”

Interventional cardiologists and radiologists will be performing a number of procedures in the new lab including diagnostic cardiac catheterization, coronary interventions (angioplasty and stenting), peripheral angioplasty and interventions, as well as an array of diagnostic and interventional radiology procedures. Utilizing a state-of-the-art GE Innova imaging system, these services will be performed on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

The total number of rooms at West Marion will go from 70 to 94 with the addition of 12 private patient rooms on the second floor and 12 on the third floor, which has been constructed in a tower above the existing emergency department. A series of room designs, each measuring approximately 230 sq. ft., affords patients ample space to move around the room and to accommodate visitors. The décor is a mix of modern design with a soothing color palette to promote comfort and healing.

The West Marion expansion represents Phase I of a three-part $45 million investment by Ocala Health that was announced nearly 15 months ago. Phase II, which is in progress on the campus of Ocala Regional Medical Center, includes the build out of approximately 56,000 sq. ft. of new space, which will be dedicated to treating critical care patients. Phase II is expected to be completed by October 2015. Phase III will involve the renovation and upgrade of Ocala Regional’s current post anesthesia care unit and pre-op areas as well as pre- and post- cath lab areas, with an anticipated finish by Spring 2016. When completed, there will be a total of 48 intensive care unit beds, representing a net increase of 22 licensed beds at Ocala Regional.