ORANGE CITY, Fla., August 28, 2013 – On Wednesday, August 28, approximately 200 community members came to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial to celebrate the Vascular Center’s grand opening.
“This is truly a dream come true for me,” said Debra Allison, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Director of Cardiopulmonary Services. “I could not be more thrilled about the opening of the Vascular Center, as it will truly help us reduce vascular disease and save limbs and lives.”
Located inside the hospital’s Summit Building at 1061 Medical Center Drive, Suite 102, in Orange City, the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Vascular Center diagnoses and treats peripheral vascular disease on an outpatient basis. In this 1,700 square-foot facility, patients receive hospital-quality consultations and diagnostic ultrasounds, as well as medically-indicated and cosmetic venous ablation, all with outpatient convenience.
In order to open the Vascular Center, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial invested more than $115,000 in the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, including arterial brachial index (ABI) equipment, a mobile ultrasound unit, doppler probes and radiofrequency ablation equipment.
At the grand opening celebration, attendees received free mini-pedicures and refreshments and met Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s newest board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. Ryan Messiner.
As a vascular surgeon, Dr. Messiner specializes in treating the blood vessels of the body, with the exception of the vessels of the heart. Vascular surgeons work to restore blood flow to an area of the body after trauma, disease – such as diabetes – or other issues damage blood vessels.
Vascular disease and cardiac disease – the number one killer of Americans – are closely related; if someone has cardiac disease, they very likely have vascular disease too. The only difference between cardiac disease and vascular disease is the location: cardiac disease is the build-up of plaque in the arteries in your heart, while vascular disease is the build-up of plaque in any of your arteries outside of the heart.
A build-up of plaque in the arteries has a compounding effect. When plaque builds-up in the arteries, the blood flow in that area slows down, which can lead to wounds that don’t heal, which then can become infected. This, unfortunately, leads to amputations.
“Opening this Vascular Center gives us the opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of our citizens,” said Danielle Johnson, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s Chief Operating Officer. “Here we will be able to prevent peripheral vascular disease, as well as detect and treat it, in hopes of saving as many limbs as possible.”
About Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a 175-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care. The hospital is a member of Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeBary, Deltona, Orange City and Sanford communities. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information about Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, visit www.fhfishmemorial.org.