Published 12:45 am Friday, September 22, 2017

Hospital hits 100th mark quicker than expected

Earlier this year, Andalusia Health expanded its service footprint to include a heart catherization lab.

On Thursday, they did their 100th and 101st procedures.

Amy Herrington, director of emergency services, said that they opened the lab on April 25.

Herrington said they hit the 100 mark a lot faster than she had anticipated.

“I thought we would hit it by the end of the year,” she said.

Herrington said that they can perform heart caths, pain management procedures, dialysis catheters, pacemakers and defibrillators.

The department is staffed Rebekah Wilson, Steve Marcotte, Jen Stewart, Heidi Martin and Dr. Greg Price, a cardiologist.

Wilson said that patients have commented on how convenient it is to have the procedures available in Andalusia rather than having to drive to Dothan or Pensacola to have them completed.

“So many people have said they are so glad they didn’t have to drive,” Stewart said.

Martin said many have commented on how great of a cardiologist Dr. Price is.

Herrington and Dr. Price worked together to establish the new lab and the hospital leased a modular cath lab unit, which was added to the hospital’s campus.