MMH prepares to serve more patients in new lab

MARIETTA – The lead cardiologist for Memorial Health System is excited to be able to serve more patients in the coming months with the construction of a new catheterization laboratory as the hospital receives a number of recognitions from Healthgrades.

“The new catheterization lab will offer elective cardio and physiology services and I am very happy to bring those to the area,” said Dr. Joseph Mayo, lead cardiologist and interventional cardiologist for Marietta Memorial Hospital. “The new lab will have state-of-the-art equipment and this translates to a safer experience for the patient and better details in scans, so it is a win-win for the patients and the doctors.”

Why this new facility will be safer for patients is because the new equipment uses less radiation than the older machines while also giving a more clear and detailed image.

This new lab will be a second lab to help the hospital handle the increasing number of coronary patients in need of these services.

“The volume of patients we are seeing is growing monthly and we have found we need new infrastructure to serve them,” Mayo said.

This second catheterization lab is being placed in an area that once housed a portion of the main hospital’s X-ray department and is expected to begin seeing patients in April 2014.

“It’s going to be a huge boon for the community,” Mayo said.

Also a positive for the community are the seven awards the hospital has received from Healthgrade, including being named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention two years running.

“We are proud that the care we provide to our community is ranked among the best in the nation,” said Scott Cantley, president and CEO of Memorial Health System.” This recognition is the result of the daily focus of Marietta Memorial Hospital physicians, nurses and staff on exceptional patient care and high quality outcomes.”

Healthgrades is the leading online resource to help consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals throughout the country. The organization evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 hospitals across the nation for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions from 2010 through 2012.

“By the Healthgrades ranking, the important part is we are one of the top 100 hospitals in the country for cardio,” Mayo said. “Having a hospital of that rank is a win for the community.”

Marietta Memorial Hospital is one of seven hospitals in that list of 100 and the only one in southeastern Ohio. Charleston Area Medical Center is the only West Virginia hospital with the ranking.

The other Healthgrade awards for MMH are: Top 10 percent in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures, Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award, Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures, Top 10 percent in the Nation for Women’s Health, Healthgrades Women’s health Excellence Award and Five-Star Recipient for Women’s Health.

A five star rating indicates that Marietta Memorial Hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

“It is the knowledge, skill and dedication of these teams who collaborate for our patients, and create a caring culture combined with clinical excellence that is unique in our area,” said Cantley.

Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at

The door to balloon time, the time from when a potential heart attack patient enters the MMH emergency department to being in the catheterizatio lab is 61 minutes, according to Mayo.