Construction of New Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Begins - Asante

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Published on November 24, 2014

Construction of New Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center
at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Begins

South Lobby Entrance will Close Temporarily


MEDFORD, Ore.—November 24, 2014 —Individuals who have life-altering heart conditions will soon get a boost from additional health-care services being made available with construction of the new Asante Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center (CPRC).

The CPRC will be built in what is currently the medical center’s South Lobby. Demolition of the lobby begins Monday, December 1, and access through the South Lobby Entrance will be completely closed off for at least three to four weeks. After demolition is completed, a temporary tunnel will be erected to reopen access through the South Lobby to other areas of the medical center.

With more people surviving heart events, there is a greater demand for cardiac rehabilitation services, and at Asante Rogue Regional, the cardiac rehab department has outgrown its current location. “We are at capacity with 32 cardiac rehab patients each day, and we have more patients who are waiting,” says Beth Coker, MA, supervisor of cardiac rehabilitation at Asante Rogue Regional. “Once the new center is open, we’ll be able to see at least 55 to 60 patients a day. That’s an increase of nearly 50 percent.”

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that includes exercise and education to help people who have heart problems such as heart failure, or who have had a heart attack or heart surgery.

Currently, cardiac rehabilitation and cardiopulmonary diagnostics are located in separate areas of the medical center. With the renovation, Asante will also be able to begin offering cardiopulmonary rehabilitation as part of its comprehensive services. “Bringing together these two services into one centralized area, and adding pulmonary rehabilitation, we are able to improve our patients’ access to care in a location that is easily accessible, supportive of their health-related conditions, and sensitive to their physical needs,” adds Coker.

Pulmonary rehabilitation helps people who have ongoing breathing problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also referred to as COPD, or cystic fibrosis, through exercise programs to help build physical fitness and teach breathing techniques.

Another important aspect of the renovation includes installing a new Siemens Skyra 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. Tesla is the unit of measurement quantifying the strength of a magnetic field. Prior to 3-Tesla, the standard was 1.5 Tesla.

“Asante’s new scanner will generate a magnetic field that is twice the strength of our existing MRI,” says Stephen Weymouth, director of imaging services at Asante Rogue Regional. “The 3T MRI at Asante will be the most advanced scanner in the region for high-end neurological and vascular imaging, where minute details are especially crucial to diagnosis.”

In addition to clear, vivid images, the Skyra’s large wide bore magnet (70cm), short length (173 cm), and silent scanning option help reduce patient anxiety. “This technology allows clinician to get an enhanced diagnosis which aids in deciding an optimal course of treatment, and results in better patient outcomes,” adds Weymouth.

Scope of the Project

  • Cardiac rehabilitation will more than double in size, moving from an existing 900 square-foot space into 2,500 square feet in the east side of the South Lobby.
  • Cardiopulmonary diagnostic services will move into a 2,000 square foot area of the lobby’s west side.
  • The existing cardiac rehabilitation area will be renovated into office and conference space.
  • The existing cardiopulmonary space will be renovated to make room for the new
    3T MRI.
  • South Lobby demolition begins December 1 and lasts for approximately three to four weeks.
  • All access through the South Lobby Entrance will be closed during demolition.
  • Construction of the new Asante Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center (CPRC) is slated to begin in early January, 2015.
  • The new Asante CPRC will open in spring, 2015.
  • The total cost of the renovation project is nearly $4 million, which does not include the cost of the new 3T MRI scanner.
  • Funding for the project comes from Asante, as well as more than $1 million to be raised by the Asante Foundation from individual and corporate donations.
  • The total square footage being renovated is approximately 6,000 square feet. This includes the South Lobby space, and what will become the former areas for cardiac rehabilitation and cardiopulmonary services.

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