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Cath Lab Manager
Director Heart Institute
Regional Heart Institute at St. Mary's Medical Center
Regional Heart Institute
Heart Institute at St. Mary's Medical Center
"People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that's a mistake," said Binnie Howard, director of St. Mary's Regional Heart Institute.
"We're honored to again be recognized as a leader in advanced heart care," said Binnie Howard, RN, director of St. Mary's Regional Heart Institute.
These improvements translate into better efficiency for the labs, improved ease of use for physicians and ongoing improvements in patient care, said Binnie Howard, cath lab manager at St. Mary,s.Howard said that new, flat-panel technology provides clearer images for physicians during catheterization, and that the turnaround time for the images is shorter than with previous technology.The improvements provide the best possible tools for the 14 interventional cardiologists who practice in the labs, Howard said.They also increase the number of patients who can receive catheterization procedures.,We always tried to accommodate physicians and patients who needed procedures,, Taylor said. ,But we did have some capacity issues.We now have much, much more patient capacity in the cath labs, and it,s much more efficient.,The upgrades in technology and additional availability serve a critical need in a community with especially high rates of heart disease, Howard said.,All of this technology is the leading edge available today and makes our services the best that we can provide for our community, a continuation of St. Mary,s Heart Institute,s mission,, she said. ,By staying on the forefront of cardiac innovations, we hope to make our patients better prepared to live a quality life with their disease.,
HUNTINGTON -- Binnie Howard said she sees wonders every day at work.
Howard, a registered nurse who serves as director of the Regional Heart Institute at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, said a program designed to boost local children's health is working wonders. "We've seen a big decrease in the blood pressure and cholesterol numbers for the young people in our HEART program," Howard said. "We're doing a lot of good." Trouble is, the program known as HEART, an acronym for Helping Educators Attack Risk cardiovascular factors Together, can reach only a fraction of the number of West Virginia youth at risk for developing heart disease, Howard pointed out. Funding for the program is provided by the hospital's foundation. "There is such a huge need," Howard said. "We encourage children to take part in a walking program and they get rewarded for making healthy food choices," Howard said. "We take them to the grocery store and teach them how to read food labels. We offer cooking classes so that the young people can learn how to prepare meals that are good for them." During the initial 12-week program, instructors also guide the young people in learning about healthy snacking, portion control and how to choose wisely when dining at fast-food restaurants, Howard said. Participants also try out a wide range of exercise options such as volleyball, flag football, Dance Dance Revolution, Tai Chi and Zumba. Once the 12 weeks end, participants may enter a one-year maintenance program in which they set personal fitness goals and periodically meet with a dietitian and exercise coach. They also can continue to use the hospital's wellness facility for workouts. Howard said she continues to work to secure additional funding to expand the program. "I want to be able to offer this kind of help to any child anywhere," she said.
Heart disease survivor Sydney Vanderkraats; Binnie Howard, director of St. Mary's Regional Heart Institute; and Dr. Paulette Wehner, interventional cardiologist with University Cardiovascular Services, also spoke at the event.