The semiconductor tech industry has been booming for a decade in Saratoga County, N.Y., driving a population surge that may be the fastest on the East Coast. Growth seeded the need for a dedicated PCI program that went live in January along with a complete technology overhaul: cath lab, hemodynamic monitoring, echocardiography and a fully integrated cardiovascular information system. The PCI program Semiconductor Tech, close to 100 interventions later, is now considered a jewel of the county and a model for other facilities considering a technology refresh.
Looking back at how far they’ve come, and how fast, Saratoga’s PCI Semiconductor Tech project leaders recall that once the decision was made to transition from transferring cardiac patients to treating them, recruiting the best and the brightest clinicians shot straight to job one.
“In developing a cardiac program, we recognized that there were multiple ways in which we had to invest,” says Mary Jo LaPosta, PhD, RN, chief nursing officer and senior vice president for patient care and organizational excellence. “First and foremost is investing in medical staff who are very, very good at what they do.” The top recruit brought in to help launch the PCI program, Interventional Cardiologist Gary Idelchik, MD, describes job two: picking technology. Image quality and low radiation dose were his top priorities coupled with fully integrated imaging and reporting, says Idelchik who recently moved back to his roots, bringing along the skills of many successful years as a leading edge interventionalist in Houston.
He also advocated a single-vendor approach to help increase functionality and streamline product interfacing. “There are significant positives and advantages to going with a single-vendor solution,” says Idelchik, with the clear nod of LaPosta.
All three recall that a consensus quickly formed, GE Healthcare was the right vendor to support their growth ambitions. The expansion was an evolution of productive relationships and solid services they already had in place.