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A Look Inside Sanford's New Heart Hospital

November 29, 2011, 6:08 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

A Look Inside Sanford's New Heart Hospital
SIOUX FALLS, SD - In just a few months, Sioux Falls will be home to a new heart hospital. Sanford's $78 million Heart Hospital will open this spring.

Over the next few weeks, the health organization plans to start moving into the facility and gave KELOLAND News a sneak peak

The cardio-catheterization lab or operating room is one of the rooms Cardiologist Adam Stys is most excited about in the Sanford Heart Hospital.

"Our cath labs are going to be the newest there are in the country and equipment. We also put in rooms that are larger than usual," Dr. Adam Stys said.

The five-story building will have space for 56 in-patient rooms, doctor's offices, eight catheterization labs, operating rooms and room for testing. It will also have a hybrid operating room and cath lab.

"We actually will be able to have a surgeon and an interventional cardiologist working side-by-side, combining their areas of expertise to make the most sophisticated complex procedures, such as exchanging heart valves," Sanford Cardiology Medical Director Dr. Tom Stys said.

The Heart Hospital is also connected to Sanford's Main Hospital, which is a plus for patients.

"Cardiology is a field where things happen quickly. Frequently when we get a call that somebody is having chest pain, we have to assume the worst and be available and ready to help right away," Dr. Tom Stys said.

The $78 million building will aim to lower the risk of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans. In fact, more than 2,500 Americans die from heart disease each day.

"It's very treatable, preventable. We have amazing technology, such as will be facilitated in the building to treat the disease very effectively. However, for whatever reason we're not making enough impact," Dr. Tom Stys said.

An impact is what officials hope this new building will have, starting in just a few months.

"There's really an era of excitement, and people are very eager to be into this building and see what we're going to be able to accomplish for patients with heart disease," Sanford Vice President of Facilities and Planning, Orlen Tschetter, said.

The Heart Hospital is also looking to hire more than 100 employees.

Visit Sanford's employment website for more information.

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