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St. Luke’s Plans $25M Expansion of Heart and Vascular Services within the Nassif Heart Center
Jun 15 2022
St. Luke’s Plans $25M Expansion of Heart and Vascular Services within the Nassif Heart Center
As part of its commitment as a leader in providing the most comprehensive and cutting-edge heart care to Eastern Iowans, UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital is investing $25 million in expanding its Heart and Vascular services within the Nassif Heart Center to support the innovation and expertise of the largest group of cardiovascular providers and continue to offer the most advanced heart care in Cedar Rapids.Featured speakers in order of appearance:Dr. Richard Kettelkamp, medical director of St. Luke's Heart Care ServicesMichelle Niermann, president and CEO, UnityPoint Health - Cedar RapidsWith over 40 years of leading heart care advancements, St. Luke’s was Cedar Rapids’ first hospital to pioneer open heart surgery in 1978 and has been a leader in bringing the latest and most advanced procedures to the community for better patient care and outcomes.  This tradition of innovation and medical firsts will continue for UnityPoint Health's 32 cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and advanced practice providers who, along with area vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists, offer the most comprehensive heart and vascular services in general cardiology, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, structural cardiology, vascular procedures, and cardiothoracic surgery.The multi-million-dollar expansion will consolidate and enhance St. Luke’s heart and vascular capabilities into one comprehensive center, building upon an already strong foundation as the leader of heart and vascular services in Eastern Iowa. The investment and expansion will focus on several areas, including a second electrophysiology (EP) lab, relocating and expanding St. Luke’s Vascular and Interventional Radiology Labs, and building a dedicated cardiovascular hybrid operating room (OR) which will allow for more complex, advanced cardiovascular procedures at St. Luke’s. “St. Luke’s Heart Care is a long-time leader and innovator in offering complex, specialized cardiovascular care in Eastern Iowa,” said Richard Kettelkamp, DO, St. Luke’s Heart Care interventional cardiologist and medical director of cardiovascular services.  “Our heart team is proud of this reputation, takes pride in this distinction and considers it our responsibility to continue to offer the area’s most advanced cardiac care. We have long been known as Cedar Rapids’ Heart Hospital and this expansion will continue our legacy and commitment to providing exceptional patient care and innovation.”“Our expansion announcement signifies our commitment to our patients and community in continuing to offer complex, specialized cardiovascular care,” said Michelle Niermann, UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital president and CEO. “We’ve offered exceptional, advanced cardiovascular care for over 40 years, and this is our response to the growing number of patients seeking heart care and needing St. Luke’s unique expertise for advanced heart procedures.”Over the last 40 years St. Luke’s has been a pioneer introducing the latest heart procedures and treatments. The expansion will take place within the current Nassif Heart Center at St. Luke’s Hospital and construction is expected to begin Summer 2022.To learn more about St. Luke’s, Cedar Rapids’ Heart Hospital, visit unitypoint.org/heartcare.Watch the full video here: