Supported by advanced technologies, these two programs were consolidated to create outpatient and inpatient connectivity. The result, Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute (VHVI), relocated key procedural areas to the 5th Floor Critical Care Tower (CCT)–also designed by ESa and completed in 2010. Amenities include the electrophysiology lab, cardiac catheterization lab, and cardiac observation unit; two hybrid OR suites that can also be used as operating rooms; and nine procedural rooms.

Efficiency was achieved by consolidating programs and providing an efficient workflow design that creates out-patient, inpatient, and patient-bed connectivity. Improved technologies include a new hemodynamic monitoring system that provides direct visualization of right ventricular function following surgery, thus reducing the occurrence of re-operations and helping better manage complications. The facility also possesses teleconferencing capabilities and dedicated space for clinical research.

A radial lounge, cath-lab recovery area with recliners encourages immediate ambulation. Individual recovery and observation rooms allow for more patient privacy, and family waiting areas were moved to the 5th floor for greater convenience. The hybrid ORs are designed with the latest recommended square footage to accommodate the most advanced technology.

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