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UK HealthCare unveils new cardiac care unit

Dr. Susan Smyth, medical director of the Gill Heart Institute, talked about a patient room during a tour of the new cardiac care unit on Monday at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. The state-of-the-art cardiovascular unit will open on Sunday.
Dr. Susan Smyth, medical director of the Gill Heart Institute, talked about a patient room during a tour of the new cardiac care unit on Monday at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. The state-of-the-art cardiovascular unit will open on Sunday. Herald-Leader

University of Kentucky HealthCare unveiled a new cardiac care unit Monday on the eighth floor of Pavilion A in Albert B. Chandler Hospital. With 32 intensive care beds and 32 progressive care beds, UK officials said, the new unit is one of the largest in the country.

It will open to patients on Sunday.

The floor includes a central monitoring station and an echocardiography suite, which will put diagnostic services closer to patients, reducing the need to move patients to other floors, officials said.

"It has long been our goal to be Kentucky's resource for highly complex quaternary care so that patients don't have to go out of state for the best treatments available," said Michael Karpf, UK's executive vice president for health affairs. "This new unit brings the highest level of cardiac care available anywhere on one floor, in an environment that's efficient for our staff and conducive to healing for our patients."

Linda B. Blackfordlblackford@herald-leader.com

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