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The Beat Goes On at Olean General Hospital

Posted on: 10/14/2014

Nearly 600 employees, physicians, volunteers, Emergency Medical Services personnel, and community partners gathered to form another giant “living” heart on the front lawn of Olean General Hospital (OGH) Wednesday afternoon.

“In 2013, as part of our celebration of accreditation of the hospital’s Chest Pain Center and the launch of OGH’s interventional cardiac catheterization program in partnership with Kaleida Health we formed a living people art picture. We’re doing it again in 2014 and calling it “The Beat Goes On” in order to celebrate the success of our Heart Program that is truly saving lives,” said Karen Fohl, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “We are delighted and indebted for the services donated again this year by Mark and Kristina Fries of Fries Tree Service who provided the bucket truck for the photograph as well as for Mike Hendryx who provided DJ services throughout the entire event,” she added.

“October 1 will mark the one year anniversary of the opening of the Olean General, Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at OGH in partnership with Kaleida Health,” said Timothy J. Finan, CEO Olean General Hospital and Upper Allegheny Health System. “We opened the lab to save lives. Our team has cared for more than 600 patients, including many who required emergency interventions to open blocked arteries,” Finan said.

“Working together with our partners at Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute, Emergency Medical Services providers and area physicians; the lab has exceeded our expectations,” Finan said. “It’s about access and offering a critical service to the region, sparing people from having to travel long distances to receive life-saving cardiac care. Dr. Christopher Mallavarapu, medical director of the lab, his team and our partners at the Gates Vascular Institute have done a tremendous job in ensuring the highest standards of care.”

With the opening of the lab, patients in the region have access to cardiac catheterization procedures and interventions to quickly treat coronary artery disease, significantly reducing both time and distance for residents to travel to receive life-saving heart care,” Finan said. “OGH is the only hospital in Southwestern New York to have this capability.”

Patients utilizing the lab are under the care of interventional cardiologist Dr. Christopher Mallavarapu. An experienced board certified interventional cardiologists who provides 24/7 coverage for the lab. Kaleida Health relocated a complete cardiac catheterization laboratory to OGH from the Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo.

The cardiac catheterization lab operates in unison with the hospital’s Chest Pain Center, accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care in 2013 and under the medical direction of Ahmad Hilal, MD. “Dr. Hilal and the entire OGH team worked tirelessly to bring our Chest Pain Center to a level of care unmatched in our region, focusing on training, education and processes that ensure the patients coming to our Emergency Department will receive fast, accurate diagnosis for chest pain in line with the highest standards in the nation,” Finan said.

Note: Patty Watson of Patty’s People Pictures located in Hamburg, New York was contracted again this year to provide the photograph coordination as well as video coverage of the event.

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