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    New Heart & Vascular Center Unveiled at November 15th Open House

    MultiCare First in Area to Embrace National Trend in Cardiac Care

    New Heart & Vascular Center Unveiled to the Community on November 15

    (TACOMA) – MultiCare will soon become the first health system in Washington State to embrace a national trend of expanding cardiac services and bringing them into a single, comprehensive center of care.

    The Tacoma General Heart Hospital will expand to provide more beds and more capacity for cardiac care. It will be home to the highest level of cardiovascular care available in the region and will combine Tacoma General’s cardiac services under one roof, including cardiac & vascular operating suites, cardiac catheterization labs, cardiovascular intensive care, coronary care units and a chest pain cardiovascular short stay unit.

    The Tacoma General Heart Hospital will also house all cardiac diagnostic, rehabilitation and prevention programs, including a heart failure clinic.

    “The idea behind the Tacoma General Heart Hospital is to make the care experience as comfortable and convenient for patients as possible,” said Tacoma General Heart Hospital Medical Director Allen Graeve, MD. “Having prevention, diagnostic and treatment services under one roof is a national trend and enables a comprehensive, team approach to heart care.”

    Studies show there is a connection between the patient’s care environment and healing. The new patient rooms are designed to enhance wellness, recovery, safety and efficiency. The rooms are much larger than the typical patient room, accommodating friends and family, even providing space for a sleeper sofa, so loved ones can stay overnight. The rooms are also equipped with natural light, which has been proven to aid in healing and recovery.

    “We wanted to provide the community a single, comprehensive and nurturing source for their cardiac needs,” said Christi McCarren, Administrator of the Tacoma General Heart Hospital. “We will provide them with a combination of the comforts and leading edge innovations they need for their heart care.”

    For more information on the Tacoma General Heart Hospital, go to


    MultiCare is a leading-edge, integrated health organization made up of four hospitals, numerous primary care and urgent care clinics, multi-specialty centers, Hospice and Home Health services, and many other services. A not-for-profit organization based in Tacoma, Washington since 1882, MultiCare has grown over the years in response to community needs. Today we are the area's largest provider of health care services, serving patients at 93 locations in Pierce, South King, Kitsap and Thurston counties.

    Posted on Nov 17, 2008 in