Case Study

Grace Hospital, a 200 bed facility in Morganton, North Carolina

Grace Hospital is a 200 bed facility in Morganton, NC.  The hospital's mobile Cath Lab was experiencing volumes high enough to warrant construction of a full-time in-house Cath Lab. At the time, DLP Cardiac Partners was providing the hospital with mobile Cath Lab services three days per week.

Grace Hospital lacked the staff, resources, and capital necessary to proceed with the development of an in-house Cath Lab. 

Capabilities Needed
A partner to help fund and operationalize the development of an in-house cath lab.

We Provided
DLP Cardiac Partners formed a joint venture with Grace Hospital in 2004 to help fund and oversee the development and operation of an in-house Cath Lab.  Additionally, DLP Cardiac Partners was able to provide shared staffing of employees from other area hospital partnerships.  DLP Cardiac Partners leveraged relationships with vendors to receive discount pricing on equipment and supplies that Grace Hospital could not otherwise have obtained. 

By partnering with DLP Cardiac Partners, the hospital was able to build a new Cath Lab to accommodate the growing community demand for diagnostic cardiac catheterization services.  In May 2009, DLP Cardiac Partners and Grace Hospital together began development of an elective PCI program without on-site cardiac surgery.  Two interventional cardiologists joined the hospital and began their practice in July of that year.  Complete with a state-of-the-art digital imaging system, the new elective PCI program commenced operations by September 2009 and is already exceeding volume expectations.