GMC to offer new angioplasty procedures in February

LAWRENCEVILLE — With construction of Gwinnett Medical Center’s new open-heart facility on schedule, the hospital’s Lawrenceville campus will begin to offer what officials called “advanced cardiovascular services” prior to its scheduled 2012 opening.

GMC’s development of a program for percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCI, is under way and the plan is to begin offering those services in February, spokeswoman Dolores Ware said Tuesday.

PCI is a therapeutic coronary angioplasty, a type of minimally invasive service that expands blocked blood vessels. The process is often called a “balloon angioplasty.”

Procedures will be hosted in the hospital’s invasive catheterization lab “by GMC-affiliated cardiologists who have vast interventional experience,” Ware said. More information will soon be posted on GMC’s website for the Heart and Vascular Center, www.openheartgwinnett.com.

Construction crews officially broke ground on the 40,000-square-foot addition to the west side of the Lawrenceville campus in June of last year. Construction was scheduled to take about 18 months.

Upon completion, Gwinnett will no longer be the nation’s largest county without an open-heart facility.

“The GMC Heart and Vascular Center construction is on track and will be completed in less than a year,” Ware said.

To date, the hospital has raised $7 million for the $33-million project.