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Hundreds flock to see new Trinity heart center, ER

Hundreds flock to see new Trinity heart center, ER

Community members opened their hearts to a new heart center and emergency room in Rock Island during an open house Sunday.

Trinity Rock Island hosted the event in the space that will open for patient care in mid-April. The $61.3 million construction expansion is the largest in the facility’s history, said Erin Platt, manager of marketing and communications, UnityPoint Health — Trinity.

The new facility will “improve patient safety and privacy, better coordinate care, reduce operational costs and accommodate increased demand,” she said.

The heart center features a new catheterization lab, cardiac rehabilitation center, cardiac treatment areas and non-invasive treatment areas.

At every turn Sunday, a volunteer or a Trinity employee, including Holly Thomas-Koehler of Muscatine, was on hand to greet and guide visitors.

“I’ve heard a lot of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs,’” the marketing and communications specialist said. “Folks are very pleased. They’re glad to have this facility."

Not only did the facility and equipment draw praise, but guests also complimented the art, much to the delight of photographer Sister Elizabeth Thoman. She was in a short-stay observation room, where her photographs are on display.

Thoman was inspired to create the images for her “Healing Petals” collection when she was recovering from breast cancer, she said.

“I felt my heart open and a rush of love came forth for the creator of such wonders,” she said. She calls herself a “minister of spiritual photography.” Forty of her images are on display at Trinity Rock Island.

“If patients see these and feel better, my day is made,” Thoman said.

The emergency area will help the staff quickly consult and treat a diverse set of patients, said Janelle Schanfish, who talked to visitors while they made their way through an area including a 12-bed short-stay observation unit, 22 general treatment stations, dedicated trauma room radiology and cardiac treatment rooms.

The area was designed for rapid assessment — “Decreased wait time increases patient outcomes,” Schanfish said.

The heart center, Platt said, will provide all cardiac services on one campus, including four catheterization labs and 20 cardiac treatment beds. She said the space also includes a floor for follow-up education that's staffed by dietitians and exercise therapists.

Betty and Marshall Cook of Moline, who will be married 60 years in June, said they enjoyed their visit. Both were impressed with the catheterization labs. Betty Cook had been a patient at the hospital.

“It’s a big step up” from the previous equipment, Marshall Cook said.

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Film critic/reporter since 1985 at Quad-City Times. Society of Professional Journalists, Broadcast Film Critics Association and Alliance of Women Film Journalists member. Member of St. Mark Lutheran Church.

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