Billings Clinic opens car­diac-care fa­cil­i­ties

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Rachel Lan­den

Billings (Mont.) Clinic is open­ing two car­diac fa­cil­i­ties, thanks in large part to the phil­an­thropic sup­port of a re­tired Billings Clinic car­di­ol­o­gist and his wife.

The John R. Burg MD Car­diac Cen­ter was slated to be­gin see­ing pa­tients in the new space March 31. Named af­ter Dr. John Burg, who re­tired from Billings Clinic in 2006 af­ter 33 years, the 20,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity is in the main hospi­tal build­ing. It in­cludes additional exam and di­ag­nos­tic test­ing rooms; a car­diac re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion space nearly three times larger than the pre­vi­ous one; and more-ad­vanced car­diac-care tech­nol­ogy.

The car­dio­vas­cu­lar unit, also in the hospi­tal, oc­cu­pies space for­merly known as the am­bu­la­tory teleme­try unit. Once a 10,000-square-foot unit, the new space is an ex­panded 27,000 square feet and is di­rectly above the in­ten­sive-care unit and the emer­gency and trauma cen­ter.

When the two projects were an­nounced in Au­gust 2012, to­tal cost was es­ti­mated at $10.9 mil­lion. That amount has come from fundrais­ers, the Billings Clinic Foun­da­tion, money set aside for cam­pus ex­pan­sion plans, and a gift from Burg and his wife, Pat.

John R. Burg MD Car­diac Cen­ter is slated to open March 31.

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