Cardiac care just got a little faster on the south coast

Cardiac care just got a little faster on the south coast »Play Video

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The Bay Area Hospital is caring for hearts in Coos County like never before.

The hospital is now home to a new catheterization lab, or cath lab, and a new cardiologist to go with it.

Officials say that means residents can receive immediate cardiac treatment at the Bay Area Hospital, and no longer have to travel hours for cardiac care.

Susan Connolly is the lab's coordinator, and says that people suffering from cardiac problems can now get much faster treatment. "If you have chest pain and you come to our cath lab, we have a whole team on standby that will race in, set up this whole nice room and make it quicker and faster," she said.

And for the first time, patients can be treated by a cardiologist on site, rather than having to travel.

Dr. Satyendra Giri says it is an exciting program to start up. "I feel blessed to have this opportunity to start and take this program to it's success."

Officials say the goal is to keep healthier hearts for local residents, and be able to treat emergencies right here at home.