New Cardiac Hybrid Room Puts Mary Washington Healthcare on Cutting-Edge of Care
It’s called a Cardiac Hybrid Room and it’s changing the way
heart procedures are performed at Mary Washington Hospital. This $4.6
million, 1,000-square-foot room combines the imaging and diagnostic functions
of a catheterization lab with the surgical functions of a traditional
The blending of technology in the Cardiac Hybrid Room allows physicians
to perform procedures in the same room and treat multiple medical issues
at the same time – a “hybrid” approach designed to limit
extra procedures, reduce hospital stays and lower the chances of complications.
This type of facility is needed because today’s surgical environment
is rapidly evolving, with interventional treatments and surgeries often
One of the room’s first patients was 82-year-old Mae Fink, who underwent
a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) – an advanced, minimally
invasive procedure that replaces a damaged aortic heart valve with a replacement
valve. Performing the procedure on Fink were two teams of medical specialists
who worked together on tasks usually done in separate places.