Billings Clinic poised to open new, 20,000-square-foot Cardiac Center

2014-03-28T00:15:00Z 2014-03-31T09:29:05Z Billings Clinic poised to open new, 20,000-square-foot Cardiac CenterBy CINDY UKEN The Billings Gazette

Billings Clinic, which pioneered open-heart surgery in Montana in 1972, is opening a new 20,000-square-foot cardiac center.

The center, which will serve patients throughout the region, will provide care in a more cohesive manner.

The Clinic also expanded its Cardiovascular Unit, formerly known as the Ambulatory Telemetry Unit, from 10,000 square feet to 27,000.

The unit is on the third floor of the hospital wing, above the Emergency and Trauma Center. It is designed to support advanced care for patients with significant cardiovascular illness, such as those suffering from a recent heart attack or stroke and those recovering from open-heart surgery.

The Cardiac Center and CVU combined cost about $10.9 million and are paid for partially with money raised from the 2011 and 2012 Billings Clinic Classic. Additional fundraising through the Billings Clinic Foundation and money earmarked for campus expansion helped support construction costs.

The new John R. Burg MD Cardiac Center relocates outpatient cardiac services from the 27th Street Medical Building to the main campus. It provides an environment in which cardio-thoracic surgeons, cardiologists and the extended-care team can work in proximity to each other.

Located on the fourth floor of the clinic building, the new space includes additional exam and diagnostic testing rooms, a cardiac rehabilitation space nearly three times larger than the previous space and some of the most advanced technology in cardiac care.

The Center is named for Dr. John Burg whose “transformational gift” from him and his wife, Pat, will take cardiovascular medicine at Billings Clinic into the next 30 years, said Megan Kongaika, public relations specialist for Billings Clinic.

Burg is a retired Billings Clinic cardiologist who helped set the course for Billings Clinic’s efforts to advance heart care in the region. Additionally, Burg spearheaded development of Billings Clinic’s cardiac rehabilitation program. He retired in 2006 after 33 years with the Clinic.

Physicians and the cardiac care teams will welcome patients to the new Cardiac Center on Monday. Patients will begin transitioning into the hospital’s new unit on Tuesday.

CTA Architects designed the addition that will house the center. Hardy Construction served as general contractor.

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