Festival of Trees 2014 Beneficiary

The 23rd annual Festival of Trees will support a new interventional recovery unit at Providence Medford Medical Center. The new IRU will allow patients to receive the most advanced heart and vascular care in a comfortable setting. Here, our team of cardiovascular experts will be able to provide a more streamlined approach to patient preparation, treatment, recovery and education. It will create an environment in which physicians and nurses can more efficiently prepare patients before they undergo complex heart and vascular procedures. They will also be able to care for them in a seamless manner after these procedures.

A portion of the IRU will be devoted to a "radial lounge." Providence Medford Medical Center is the only hospital in the region that uses a "radial first" approach. This means the doctor will use an artery in the patient's wrist instead of one in the groin if possible for heart catheterization procedures. Instead of lying flat and still in bed after a groin procedure, a patient who has had the radial approach is allowed to sit up in a comfortable recliner, eat and walk to the bathroom while under the care of the IRU team. The radial approach has been shown to have fewer complications and is significantly more comfortable for patients in most cases. It also has the potential to be less costly because it often allows the patient to go home within a few hours.

Your support of this new unit will help Providence further improve positive patient outcomes and continue our promise of excellent, compassionate service.