ROPH to Open Upgraded Cardiology Services

Oak Park, IL (Sept. 23, 2015) --

Rush Oak Park Hospital (ROPH) has added a state-of-the-art amenity to its exceptional cardiac care services: A newly remodeled department with more space and the latest technology soon to open pending approval by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Cardiology Services at ROPH underwent a $1.2 million upgrade over the summer. The department, located on the ground level across from the Diagnostic Radiology Services, is comprised of the latest technology in echocardiography and treadmill equipment for stress testing in a bright and spacious area for cardiology patients.      

“This larger, modernized department – conveniently located near the cardiac catheterization lab – is an important addition to our hospital," said Bruce Elegant, president and CEO of the hospital. “With its upgraded technology and superb heart specialists, all of whom also practice at Rush University Medical Center, the department is the only one of its kind in the community. It combines top-of-the-line care with the best technology available in a spacious and comfortable setting. We’re happy to make these services available to our community.”

The department also boasts such patient amenities as free parking, comfortable waiting rooms, private patient dressing rooms with lockers, flat-screen TV panels to help keep patients entertained while undergoing a stress test, and a consulting room where patients and their families can discuss test results with a cardiologist.

Using new Merge Cardio technology in line with its partner, Rush University Medical Center, the department has been upgraded to streamline workflow and deliver structured reporting to enable greater ability to mine data for research projects and benchmarking.

“This new centralized, web-based technology is a benefit to both the patients and our medical personnel,” said Luanne Folkmar-Smith, director of medical imaging/cardiology at ROPH. “Doctors and medical staff can focus more on patient care and less on paper and process.”      

The cardiology services at ROPH have also recently been bolstered by the department receiving a three-year term of echocardiography accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Accreditation by the IAC means that ROPH has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts.