Governor Wolf Announces Funding for State-of-the-Art Cardiac Catheterization Lab at PennState Health Saint Joseph in Berks County

August 16, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding that will increase the quality of care for cardiac patients at PennState Health Saint Joseph, Berks County, by creating a hybrid cardiac catheterization lab with state-of-the-art technology.

“There are few responsibilities more important than the health of our communities and PennState Health’s new lab will help ensure citizens in Berks County and the surrounding areas have access to the most modern cardiac care,” Governor Wolf said. “I thank Sen. Schwank for her efforts to work with my administration to ensure healthier communities across Pennsylvania.”

The Pennsylvania State University was named as the recipient of a $1 million grant supporting a five-phase project reconfiguring four existing cardiac catheterization labs and electrophysiology lab to create two new hybrid catheterization labs and modernize the electrophysiology lab and two cardiac catheterization labs.

“The PennState Health Cardiac Catheterization lab is a huge project in our community, one that will take several years, but drastically improve the quality of health care available in Berks County and also yield very high-level employment,” said Senator Judy Schwank. “I am proud to support their work, and see this money come to my district.”

The grant supports the first phase, which will update outdated equipment and reconfigure infrastructure to create a hybrid cardiac catheterization lab with the equipment necessary to provide patients interventional radiology procedures and advanced oncological procedures. The innovative technology will allow patients in Berks County to obtain cutting-edge care locally, enhancing the overall wellness of the community. This phase of the project is also anticipated to create six new positions dedicated to supporting the hybrid lab.

Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.

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