ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: The Bougainvillea Clinic, a privately owned and operated Hospital in Road Town, Tortola has launched a new Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
The new service will allow the people of the Virgin Islands to access services in the Cardiac Cauterization Laboratory, right at home according to Bougainvillea Clinic owner Dr Heskith Vanterpool.
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is the only such facility in the Eastern Caribbean, and it is named the Dr Kendall Griffith Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in honour of Dr Griffith.
Additionally, there were four cases of Cardiac Catheterization done on Friday, a day before the launching and according to clinic officials they were all successful.
Present at the short ceremony was outgoing Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) and First Lady Lorna G. Smith OBE, the sister of Dr Vanterpool.
Also on hand were Communications and Works Minister Hon Mark H. Vantperool (R4) another brother of Dr Vanterpool and the National Health Insurance (NHI) Director Roy N. Barry a Deputy Director of the Social Security Board.
There were also some overseas Doctors at the ceremony including Dr Mahendra Carpen from Guyana, Cardiac Nurse Vanessa Solomon also from Guyana and Dr Romel Daniel a Cardiologist from St. Lucia.
Cardiac Cauterization is the insertion of a catheter into a chamber or vessel of the heart. This is done both for diagnostic and interventional purposes. Subsets of this technique are mainly Coronary Catheterization, involving the catheterization of the coronary arteries and catheterization of chambers and valves of the cardiac system.