Southside Hospital opens catheterization, electrophysiology labs
Dr. Jason Chinitz, Dr. Puneet Gandotra and Dr. Lawrence Ong in Southside Hospital’s new cardiac catheterization lab.

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Southside Hospital opens catheterization, electrophysiology labs

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
8/30/2018


BAY SHORE—Southside Hospital recently opened a new cardiac catheterization lab and electrophysiology lab at its facility on E. Main Street.

Officials say, with the addition of these two advanced diagnostic suites, cardiologists can better treat blockages and identify and treat heart rhythm abnormalities utilizing state-of-the-art imaging equipment. 

Puneet Gandotra, MD, vice chairman of the cardiology department at Southside Hospital, said this technology cuts down on a patient’s radiation exposer by one-third of previous iterations while producing images that are significantly clearer.

Another advantage of these rooms, officials added, is that they have an operating room-like environment, which can allow for higher level of care because the equipment is “already integrated into the room.” 

Southside started performing cardiac surgeries in 2011. 

“As a result of the new catheterization and new electrophysiology labs, cardiologists can now handle more complex cases and patients will have a shorter wait time for these procedures,” said Donna Moravick, NP, executive director of Southside Hospital. “This furthers our commitment to provide Suffolk County residents with world-class heart care right in their backyard.” 

The new additions give Southside three cardiac catheterization labs and two electrophysiology suites, officials said, enhancing a program that has been “performing these types of procedures in Bay Shore for more than a decade.” 

Southside Hospital has been expanding its cardiology services, performing 537 open-heart procedures in 2017, according to reports. 

Dr. Alan Hartman, senior vice president and executive director of cardiothoracic services at Northwell Health, has reportedly called those numbers a “high volume of cardiac cases in a relatively new program,” adding that patients from all over Suffolk County are being transferred to Southside. 

Earlier this summer, Southside also announced plans to build a new pavilion for private patient rooms, along with a five-story parking garage for employees.

Officials confirmed the pavilion would include 90 private rooms, four operating rooms and 48 pre- and postoperative holding rooms. 

The garage would add 1,040 employee parking spaces, leaving the current 940 spaces for patients and visitors. The hospital intends to tear down a building they own on the northwest side of the campus to make room for the garage. 

Southside is currently located in multiple zones – a mix of business, residential and general service districts, according to Islip Town officials. 

Therefore, the hospital was required to apply for a zoning change with Islip Town before construction could begin. Earlier this week, Southside officials confirmed that the application has been filed. The plan is to break ground on the garage sometime next year. 

The hospital had already added 200 parking spaces earlier this year after demolishing three administrative buildings.