Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002

A Short Success Story

I was assisting Dr. Kang W. Lee at our hospital with a diagnostic coronary angiogram on a patient with whom I was familiar. The patient was Dr. Julius Gray, a very popular OB/GYN that has delivered countless babies in the southern California area for the last thirty-odd years. Dr. Gray is in excellent condition, as well as being very active. He hikes, golfs, and has an extremely successful practice. The reason for his angiogram was for some discomfort in his chest, which he described as tight and pressure-like in character. The attacks usually occurred upon exertion and sometimes even at rest

A Joint Venture Creating a For-Profit, Freestanding Cardiac Catheterization Lab: Heart Center of the Rockies

At HCOR, we perform diagnostic and some therapeutic procedures, including:
Cardiac and peripheral angiography;

Dobutamine stress-echo (DSE);

Transesophageal echo (TEE); and


The lab itself is physically connected to the Heart and Vascular Clinic and is located about three miles from Poudre Valley Hospital. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 6:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M. We are currently doing about 60-75 diagnostic cath and peripheral cases/month, and 15 procedures/month.

Cath Lab Daily Operations

The HCOR has

A New Twist in Cath Lab Management: Job Sharing

We agreed, as we were both part time, and thought the extra cash would be nice. I had expertise with the equipment side, including networked systems and the cath database. Denise knew the supplies and purchasing side inside out. Between the two of us, there was over 20 years of cath lab experience. After working on this project for a couple of months, we began taking ownership, and the thought of turning it over to someone else was not very appetizing. After much discussion, we put together a proposal to job-share the position. Our first proposal was turned down flat, with the reason given tha