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St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital Performs First Procedure in New State-of-the-Art Cardiac Catheterization Lab


Advanced Catheterization Lab now available to Camarillo patients

CAMARILLO, CA – (March 11, 2019) – St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), a Dignity Health hospital, is proud to announce that the skilled cardiac team recently completed its first successful cardiac catheterization procedure. This new, leading-edge cardiac catheterization lab utilizes advanced equipment for immediate diagnostic to help save lives in and around the Camarillo area. The new catheterization lab is part of the New St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo that opened its doors to its first new patients at the end of 2018.

“The new catheterization lab enables our cardiac team to evaluate patients with coronary artery blockages or heart valve problems, in a new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab,” said Medical Director of the Cath Lab, Richard Rothschild, MD. “Community members needing these potentially life-saving procedures can now receive unsurpassed cardiac care here in Camarillo, close to home, and mitigating the need to travel to other hospitals.”

Cardiac catheterization (also known as coronary angiogram) is a minimally invasive imaging procedure that allows cardiologists to diagnose and treat heart and blood vessel problems.

During an exam, a catheter is carefully threaded through an artery in the groin or the wrist, and is guided to the heart with the assistance of a special x-ray machine. Thanks to the state-of-the-art equipment at SJPVH, the new flat-panel monitors allow cardiologists to see enhanced views of areas being examined, while keeping the radiation doses low.

“In order to best meet the needs of our growing community, we constructed the impressive new Catheterization Lab to provide the most advanced cardiac capabilities to Camarillo residents,” said Darren W. Lee, President and CEO of St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital. “It is our mission to remain at the forefront of health care, providing the most highly-skilled physicians and staff, the latest in medical technology, and the most advanced levels of care. With our new Cardiac Catheterization Lab, we are proud to be able to offer such comprehensive heart care to those we serve.”

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About Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital

St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo is a recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and rated among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for stroke and pulmonary care by Healthgrades. St. John’s Pleasant Valley is a member of Dignity Health Central Coast, an integrated network of top quality hospitals, with physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services - all recognized for quality, safety and service. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Learn more at DignityHealth.org/PleasantValley.

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