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New Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) Opens at PinnacleHealth Harrisburg Hospital on November 4

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Today, PinnacleHealth System completed construction of its new Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) at Harrisburg Hospital. The new 19-bed unit cares for patients immediately following cardiac and thoracic (lung) surgery and offers increased privacy for patients, better amenities for families and innovative workflow design for more efficient patient care. Patients will begin occupying these rooms on November 4.
New rooms have doubled in size and offer significantly more natural light to add to patient comfort and promote healing. Located on the third floor above the Emergency Department, the new CTICU is part of Vision 2017, PinnacleHealth’s strategic plan, which promotes patients’ receiving the right care, at the right time, in the right setting, while reducing healthcare costs. 
"The new expanded space and floor design allows for a mix of medical caregivers, including nursing, respiratory care, cardiology, cardiac surgery, anesthesiology and critical care, to work together effectively and efficiently for each patient," said Mubashir Mumtaz, MD, FACS, chief of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery. "In addition, the larger patient rooms have space for loved ones to be with patients, offering reassurance and comfort during a stressful time."
In addition, each patient’s room has point-of-care technology that provides caregivers immediate access to vital signs, electronic medical records, and care plans.
"Patients in this unit are closely monitored and receive frequent tests and assessments. Having point-of-care technology and computers at the bedside helps us to provide the most coordinated care for patients in a healing and comfortable environment," said Felix Gutierrez, MD, FACC, chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Services and co-chair of PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute.
"It was a PinnacleHealth Hospital that performed the first open heart surgery in the region in 1956. Today, we still lead the region with nationally recognized cardiac services," said Michael A. Young, president & CEO for PinnacleHealth. "As central Pennsylvania continues to see a rise in chronic diseases that lead to heart disease and heart surgeries, it is essential that we create facilities and services that reflect our commitment to cardiac patients and the community."
Changes to all PinnacleHealth campuses are being made to support Vision 2017. All improvements are designed to provide more healthcare services for the elderly and provide the convenience and satisfaction demanded by discerning consumers. Construction will continue on the second floor of Harrisburg Hospital to create a cardiac processing unit, radial lounge and expanded an electrophysiology (EP) lab. These projects are expected to be completed in subsequent phases in 2014.

PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute leads in experience, quality and research in central Pennsylvania. PinnacleHealth is the only area hospital that has:
  • received STS highest 3-star overall for three consecutive rating periods.
  • maintained a 98.10% CODE STEMI (door-to-balloon time) percentage of patients receiving PCI within 90 minutes, 98.10%, greater than the national average of 92.57%)
  • completed more than 550 cardiovascular surgery procedures annually, including leading-edge techniques, such as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Our physicians have completed a total of 81 procedures; 36 were performed in 2012.
  • been one of few hospitals nationwide to research new methods for treating heart problems.
Funding for the expansion of Cardiac Services at Harrisburg Hospital was provided by a generous $5 million gift from the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation.
About PinnacleHealth System
PinnacleHealth is a pioneer not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to providing and improving the health and quality of life for the people of Central Pennsylvania since 1873. A proven leader in medical innovation, PinnacleHealth offers a wide range of services from primary care to the most complex surgeries and Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, West Shore, Harrisburg and Polyclinic). The West Shore Hospital will open in Hampden Township in 2014. The five-story hospital will include 108 beds with an emergency department, medical/surgical care, cardiology, orthopedics, chronic disease management, and private patient rooms. Medical services, including family practice, imaging, outpatient surgery and oncology are offered at multiple locations throughout the region. For a complete list of services, visit our website at