Interventional Suite

Interventional Suite to Bring Enhancements to Cardiovascular and Radiology Services

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Heart and Vascular
Sussex County residents can benefit from an enhanced environment for interventional radiology and interventional cardiovascular procedures at the Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus. The addition of an interventional suite is bringing access to many cardiac and peripheral vascular procedures for which southern Delaware cardiac patients previously had to be sent to the Kent Campus. Overall, it better equips physicians and medical staff in the two departments to bring responsive, high-quality care to patients in Sussex County.

“We’re very excited for the lab and the state-of-the-art equipment that we have there,” said Cardiovascular and Electrophysiology Lab System Medical Director John Shuck, MD, of Bayhealth Cardiology Consultants.

Designed to be a shared space, interventional radiology uses the suite to perform vascular access procedures and implantation of IVC filters and ports for cancer patients, among other procedures. Cardiovascular services can schedule the suite for mostly outpatient cardiac catheterizations, peripheral vascular diagnostic and interventional procedures, electrophysiology (EP) studies, and implantation of devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators.

The new capabilities are convenient and will likely attract Sussex County residents who now have a choice when they need a cardiac diagnostic procedure. After the cardiovascular team gets a better sense of patient volumes and the demand, they will evaluate the need to expand service offerings in order to meet the growing local population.

“A program of growth in offerings for cardiovascular services and cardiac studies at Sussex is planned, and the addition of this interventional suite is a step in that development,” said Dr. Shuck.

Bayhealth Cardiology Consultants welcomed two new physicians, Mussaber Ahmad, DO, and Manjeet Singh, DO, to support the expansion. Dr. Ahmad works primarily in Milford and does EP studies and treatment, as well as device implantation and management, in the new suite. Dr. Singh is based at the Bayhealth Kent Campus but is one of several interventional cardiologists who are using the Sussex Campus space to bring cardiac care to patients residing in that area.

The size and location of the new suite also facilitates improved cooperation between different specialties. Interventional Radiologist Michael Amygdalos, MD, said it gives their team a much larger space in which to work and enables better support with more staff in the room comfortably. “With a new location in the OR, interventional radiology won’t be isolated and we can do procedures with anesthesia, cardiology or surgery without having to move the patient from one department to another.”

“We are excited to better serve our patients who live in southern Delaware by reducing the numbers that need to transfer to Kent for cardiac procedures. Our patients, physicians and Bayhealth staff benefit from our growth of cardiac services at the Sussex Campus, as well as the enhancements for interventional radiology,” noted Vice President of Ancillary and Clinical Services Brad D. Kirkes, MBA, MHA, OTR/L, CHT, FACHE. “I am confident that within a short period of time, we'll further expand our procedural offerings and scheduling."