PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – “The kind of thing I’m having done is if you don’t have it done right, you die.” For 73-year-old George Kauffman of Sugarloaf, there was only one place and one doctor he trusted to care for his most recent heart procedure. He turned to Geisinger Wyoming Valley’s Pearsall Heart Hospital at Geisinger Wyoming Valley and its Director of Electrophysiology, Dr. Pugazhendhi Vijayaraman.
Mr. Kauffman was treated Monday in the facility’s new Electrophysiology or EP Suite which specializes in patient heart rhythm issues. “And just think they were fishing wires into my heart yesterday and I’m going home today.” Dr. Vijayaraman sat down with Eyewitness News on Tuesday and showed an image of the new pacemaker wire added to help Mr. Kauffman’s heart pump more efficiently. “We can provide as advanced care in electrophysiology as Philadelphia right here in our community.”
Besides the eight newly remodeled patient rooms, the new $8.7 million electrophysiology suite at GWV features two EP labs where Certified EP Specialist Angela Naperkowski, RN works. “Well, not only is our equipment state of the art, it’s all the latest equipment, we also have much more room.”
It also is a much more sophisticated environment. Whether it’s x-ray, monitoring or 3-D mapping all of the equipment is integrated saving time and also radiation exposure for both the patient and staff.
The goal is a safer, more accurate procedure to provide cutting-edge cardiac care. Electrophysiology Physician Faiz Subzposh, MD said “Our ability to treat them here in this setting really does impact patients’ lives in a meaningful way.” Mr. Kauffman added, “You can get anything here at this unit that you can get anywhere in the United States and that’s impressive
Geisinger Wyoming Valley’s new EP Suite provides both in-patient and out-patient treatment.