The Cardiovascular Services floor, like all floors in UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A, is designed to provide the safest, most efficient care for patients.
The floor is designed to position nurses at a patient’s bedside and reduce the time spent away from patient care. Each patient room is equipped with a nurse work station right outside the door.
Important diagnostic testing and other equipment are located directly on the heart care floor. This means patients who require an echocardiogram can receive it near their hospital room, which minimizes wait times and prevents patients from having to move around to different areas of the hospital.
Floor 8 will also be the first in Pavilion A to take advantage of a barcode medication system. This process improves patient safety by minimizing the potential for medication errors.
All patient rooms in Pavilion A are private and have the same size and design, improving staff efficiency and promoting safety. Each room is nearly 300 square feet, creating a comfortable environment for patients and visitors and making sure we can accommodate any health care technology that becomes available in the future.
Wall-mounted flat-screen televisions are in every room on the Cardiovascular Services floor. The TVs will display important health information and help doctors and nurses clearly explain to patients what their care plan is every day.
For visitors, rooms also include a work desk with wireless Internet access and a built-in sleeper sofa for overnight stays. Large windows provide natural light and outdoor views.
Keeneland Race Course and Maker’s Mark have generously supported UK HealthCare and the UK Gill Heart Institute by providing art and features to create a healing environment. Waiting areas feature equine-themed artwork. Bright, airy waiting rooms are comfortably furnished to provide a relaxed, welcoming environment for visitors.
The Cardiovascular Services floor at UK Chandler Hospital is an extension of the full range of heart care services available through the UK Gill Heart Institute. The Gill Heart Institute provides a level of service unmatched in Kentucky. Nine Gill doctors were named to the prestigious Best Doctors in America® 2014 list, including seven in cardiovascular disease and two in vascular surgery.
The Linda and Jack Gill Building is home to our outpatient cardiology clinic, where patients come for consultations and follow-up appointments. The building also houses facilities for important tests for patients who do not need to be admitted to the hospital. Outpatient services in the clinic include:
- Echocardiograms, which use sound waves to evaluate the heart’s chamber and valves.
- Stress tests, which are administered while a patient walks on a treadmill or is given medication to monitor the heart during exercise.
- Holter monitors, which are worn by a patient for 24 to 48 hours to record heartbeats that the doctor then reviews and evaluates.
- Cardiac catheterizations.
- Electrophysiology studies, where catheters are placed inside the heart to study its electrical system.
- CT, MRI and other advanced cardiovascular imaging and technology.