Hanover Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Suite Receives $2 million RACP Grant

Susan Ecenbarger
Friday, October 28, 2016

Hanover – On Friday, October 28, 2016, Hanover Hospital and its public partner, Hanover Borough, received notice from Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) of a $2 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant from the Governor’s Office of the Budget. The RACP grant was applied for by the Hanover Borough, on behalf of the Hospital, to support the Hospital’s new Cardiac Catheterization Suite.

“We’ve waited a long time for this news,” remarked Hanover Hospital CEO, Michael Gaskins, “Senator Alloway was an exceptional advocate; he made a commitment to this Hospital and the community we serve, and he honored it.”

The RACP grant will offset costs associated with the Hospital’s new 11,500-square-foot, cardiac catheterization suite, which provides life-saving procedures for the immediate and surrounding community.

Shortly after receiving approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) services, the Hospital approached the Borough and Senator Alloway and Representative Kate Klunk in search of funding options.  All stakeholders immediately recognized the value of the project and signed on to assist.  

“This new unit will save hundreds of thousands in healthcare costs for patients, and most importantly, it will save lives. There’s nothing more important than the health and safety of our community and this project directly works toward that goal,” commented Senator Rich Alloway (R-33).

PCI services include the use of cardiac stents and/or balloons to open blocked cardiac arteries in patients suffering from active or imminent cardiac arrest.  These alternatives to open heart cardiac surgeries have proven to be a safe and effective means of intervention for life threatening conditions encountered by patients in areas served by smaller community hospitals.

The Hospital began the Cardiac Catheterization program in a temporary, existing cardiovascular lab on September 8, 2014. The demand for the service almost immediately exceeded projections. As of November 10, 2015, the Hospital had performed 344 PCIs (91 of which were performed on an emergency basis). These statistics helped to demonstrate the need for this service when pursuing funding from the competitive RACP grant program.

The suite, which has since been constructed, accommodates two operational cardiac catheterization rooms, with the ability to add another should demand warrant an additional expansion. It also houses sixteen dedicated patient rooms and a minor procedure room. The unit is designed to accommodate pre-procedure preparation and post-procedure care, for inpatient, outpatient and overnight stays. Non-clinical space including, reception, waiting areas and administrative uses, have also been designed within the suite. 

“We want to thank all who have assisted us in the grant process.  The collaborative partnership with the Hanover Borough has been integral to our success. Senator Alloway has been a tremendous advocate and Representative Klunk has demonstrated support from the beginning of the process,” remarked Hanover Hospital Senior Vice President and COO, Michael Hockenberry.

The RACP grant will help to offset the significant renovation and equipment expenses for the new cardiac unit, freeing up hospital funds to direct toward other necessary programs.

RACP grants are provided by the Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor, Commonwealth of PA, Office of the Budget. Hanover Hospital is very excited to be the recipient of this grant.

Any questions may be directed to the Hanover Hospital Development Office at (717) 316-6906.