Innovations in Cardiac Care

As Santa Cruz County’s only STEMI receiving center for in patients with severe heart attacks and possible stroke intervention, as well as a Joint Commission-Certified Chest Pain Center, Dominican Hospital will upgrade its original cardiac catheterization laboratory with the newest, state-of-the-art equipment.

UPGRADE Catheterization Laboratory

The improvement project features a significant renovation of the facility with a more efficient layout and design. The upgrades will enhance patient quality and care and increase services dedicated to diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases through game-changing non-invasive and traditional cardiac techniques.

BRINGING NEW Electrophysiology Equipment to the Cath Lab

Building upon its tradition of innovative cardiovascular care, Dominican Hospital will take a major step in bringing additional leading-edge heart care to the Santa Cruz region by delivering a new Electrophysiology (EP) Lab.

With the addition of the latest EP equipment to the Cath Lab and our cardiac program, EP services will give patients access to the most minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions, including irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias).

Benefits of an Electrophysiology Lab

  • Sharp, precise digital imaging
  • Real-time visualization of patient anatomy
  • Allows physician to discern the optimal pathway for cardiac rhythm management

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The Need for Cardiac Care in our Community

Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States. Each day, within the Santa Cruz County community, 5-6 patients are treated at Dominican Hospital for cardiovascular disease. More patients than ever are requiring cardiac care and interventions on a daily basis. With the vast improvements in techniques, technology, and equipment in the new Comprehensive Cardiac Operating Suite, we may remain at the forefront of high-quality cardiac care for our community.

Current Program

Dominican Hospital offers a full spectrum of cardiac and vascular care from testing and diagnosis, through surgery and rehabilitation. When the need arises, access to emergency services and advanced cardiac services is critical to saving lives. Dominican Hospital is the receiving Emergency Room for cardiac emergencies throughout Santa Cruz County, and was named among the Top 5% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures by Healthgrades® in 2016 and received a three-star rating for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.Dominican Hospital offers the most comprehensive, nationally recognized heart program in the Monterey Bay region. Our services include prevention, diagnostic technology, and cutting edge treatment. Our team of cardiac specialists continually work to improve our cardiac care, shorten treatment times, and increase overall education for our community.