Leading-edge Heart Care at Grand Strand Regional

RANKED #1 IN CARDIAC SURGERY IN SOUTH CAROLINA FOR THREE YEARS RUNNING; ONE OF THE MOST ADVANCED CARDIAC UNITS AVAILABLE; THE LATEST IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE HEART VALVE REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT—these are just some of the advantages of choosing Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for your heart needs.

“In South Carolina, Grand Strand Regional stands out in terms of delivering quality care for its heart surgery patients,” says Brian McIntyre, MD, one of two cardiothoracic surgeons at Grand Strand Regional. “Patients, families and employers truly have access to healthcare that is among the best in the nation.”

The accolades

Grand Strand Regional has received numerous awards from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare quality rating company. Among them:

  • For 2012, the third consecutive year, the hospital is ranked #1 in South Carolina out of 16 programs for cardiac surgery—including coronary artery bypass surgery and valve replacement—and is ranked in the top 5 percent nationally for cardiac surgery for the same year. More than 350 cardiac surgeries are performed annually at Grand Strand Regional and more than 5,000 have been performed since the program began in 1995, offering patients a level of expertise that can only be achieved through high procedure volumes.
  • A #2 ranking in South Carolina for overall cardiac services for 2012.

“To be recognized three consecutive years as the #1 cardiac surgery program in South Carolina is a wonderful achievement and a tribute to the great staff that cares for our patients,” says Doug White, CEO. “Saving and improving lives of residents and visitors in this region is our top priority.”

Welcoming the newest addition

Rising up from the southeast side of the hospital is the latest testament to quality heart care.

This past fall, Grand Strand Regional opened its three-story, 90,000-square-foot wing dedicated to cardiac care. The addition brings on board new technology, adds space and consolidates many of the hospital’s heart services, including three cardiac catheterization labs, an electrophysiology (EP) lab, a pre- and post-catheterization area, a progressive care/telemetry unit and two intensive care units, adding 40 beds.

Some of the highlights include:

  • $2 million EP lab for diagnosing and treating patients with abnormal heart rhythms, as well as implanting pacemakers and defibrillators. The lab features the latest in 3-D mapping, which generates a map of the heart’s chambers and is one of the only biplane fluoroscopy units in the region.
  • private patient rooms and larger waiting rooms for families
  • special ambulance entrance for patients suffering an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most serious type of heart attack. This allows emergency workers to transfer patients from the ambulance directly to the cath lab, further reducing door-to-balloon time (the time from when a patient arrives at the hospital to the time when the blocked artery is opened in the catheterization lab). Currently, Grand Strand Regional’s 12-month average is 42 minutes—well below the national standard of 90 minutes or less.
  • additional testing areas, such as echocardiography and electrocardiography