In 2015, the Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial University Medical Center completed a $9-million expansion and renovation to meet the needs of our growing patient population. The fifth floor of the facility was renamed the Spellman-Thomas Wing in honor of cardiologist John Spellman, M.D., and Judith Thomas Solomon, Ph.D., a grateful patient of Memorial Health. The wing was funded in part by philanthropy, including a generous gift from Solomon.
The Spellman-Thomas Wing adds 32 beds, including six cardiovascular intensive care beds and 26 cardiac stepdown beds. The rooms have state-of-the-art equipment for advanced monitoring as well as custom lifting equipment that provides ease of mobility and comfort for patients. As an added benefit, the unit has the ability to monitor 140 patients via remote telemetry throughout the hospital.
Patients on the Spellman-Thomas Wing receive around-the-clock care from highly trained nurses certified in comprehensive advanced life support (CALS). Memorial Health is one of only a few centers in the nation that has implemented the CALS course to provide specialized training to manage complications that may occur after heart surgery. Other features of our specialized cardiac and vascular units:
The Heart & Vascular Institute’s Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) provides world-class treatment and nursing care for people following a heart attack, congestive heart failure, cardiogenic shock, dysrhythmias, open-heart surgery, thoracic surgery, or vascular surgery. Additional CVICU treatments include intra-aortic balloon pumps, invasive monitoring, continuous venous hemodialysis, and ventilator support. The people in the CVICU are critically ill and receive specialized around-the-clock care from skilled cardiac nurses. These nurses also serve as educators and advocates for patients and their families.
The Cardiac Stepdown Unit is for people who need to be monitored for a pre-existing heart condition, have undergone cardiac angioplasty or heart bypass surgery, have a newly diagnosed heart condition, or have a heart rhythm disorder. This unit is also where people begin their first phase of rehabilitation. Before you are discharged from this unit, your nurse will educate you about your condition, medications, potential side effects, diet restrictions, and lifestyle changes. This is often the last stop on your journey through our inpatient cardiac services. After leaving the Stepdown Unit, your new lifestyle begins.
Our Coronary Care Unit (CCU) is an intensive care area where serious heart problems are treated. Every person admitted to the unit is hooked up to a heart monitor. This allows the patient's heartbeat and other vital signs to be monitored continuously from a central area. The CCU team works hard to improve the health of its critically ill patients. Treatments may include giving medicines to control blood pressure, opening blocked arteries, or treating abnormal heart rhythms. Blood work and other tests are often done to determine the exact cause of the problem. People who have suffered a heart attack stay in the CCU until they are stable.
Our Vascular Unit is dedicated to the treatment of peripheral vascular disease, carotid disease, abdominal aneurysm, cellulitis, deep vein thrombosis, and non-healing ulcers. Board-certified vascular surgeons oversee patient care.