TURLOCK -- Donors and volunteers have raised nearly $200,000 in the first week of a six-week fundraising campaign to support an expanding cardiac care program at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, the hospital said Friday.
The goal of the campaign, called Legacy Circle, is to raise $1 million to expand the hospital's cardiovascular services.
In Week 1 of the fundraising effort, hospital employees raised $61,165 and volunteers from the community raised $134,500.
Since opening in May, Emanuel's cardiothoracic and vascular surgery team has performed several open heart surgeries, including bypass operations and valve repairs. In addition, physicians used the advanced cardiac cath and interventional lab at Emanuel to perform over a dozen emergency angioplasty procedures in the past three months to open clogged coronary arteries in patients having heart attacks.
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The lab is also used for diagnostic and other interventional procedures, and more than 600 of those have already been performed this year.
The next phase of Emanuel's cardiac program is opening two new cardiac operating suites -- including a cutting-edge hybrid room where the surgical table is integrated with an interventional radiology scanner normally found in a catheterization lab. That integration allows one surgeon to control both the table and the scanner, and will allow Emanuel doctors to treat two emergency patients at once.
The new surgical suites will cost nearly $4.5 million to build and equip, and are scheduled to open in late 2012.
To donate to Legacy Circle, call (209) 664-5180 or visit emanuelmedicalcenter.org/give to make an online donation.