WellSpan Health today announces the opening of a new heart & vascular center of excellence that will bring together expert physicians and advanced specialty care under one roof in York County. The new center will foster healthy hearts by providing patients with comprehensive state-of-the-art cardiovascular care as well as programs that promote healthy eating and exercise.
“This center, and the amazing effort to complete it during the pandemic, is a testament to how critically important advanced cardiovascular care is at WellSpan Health,” says Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N., president and CEO, WellSpan Health. “Our highly-skilled teams now have a space to work collaboratively to keep our patients a healthy step ahead and we are excited to share it with them.”
“So many of our friends and neighbors put their trust in WellSpan Health, and the inspirational care provided in this center will have far-reaching impacts here in York, and across the whole region,” said Megan Shreve, WellSpan Health Board of Directors Chair. “I know firsthand that this team has an unwavering commitment to our community.”
The two-story, 60,520 square-foot center is located adjacent to the Apple Hill Health Campus in York Township and officially opened on May 3 after two years of construction.
“Our team of expert physicians and clinicians save lives every single day using complex and leading-edge procedures, right here in South Central Pennsylvania. And it is that teamwork and collaboration that makes the difference,” explained Dr. James Harvey III, interventional cardiologist and Director of the Structural Heart Program at WellSpan Health. “Despite the pandemic, heart disease remains the leading killer in the United States.”
WellSpan Cardiology, WellSpan Cardiac Surgery and WellSpan Vascular surgery will be located in this facility as well as supporting outpatient cardiovascular services including the WellSpan Heart Failure Program and the cardiac rehabilitation program. Non-invasive procedures such as echocardiograms and vascular ultrasound will also be performed at the center. The new cardiac rehabilitation gym on the second floor will provide a spacious area surrounded with large windows where patients can look out upon the rolling hills of York County as they exercise on treadmills and stationary bikes.
“Our new center not only provides our patients with state-of-the-art care, it also equips them with the tools to go beyond our walls and live their best lives,” said Chris Lipp, vice president of the cardiovascular service line at WellSpan Health.
Every aspect of the WellSpan Heart & Vascular Center is intended to foster health and wellness – from a cooking demonstration kitchen where patients and families will learn how to prepare heart-healthy meals, to a walking trail that encircles the building. The center even features a rooftop garden that will provide a calm, healing environment for patients, visitors and staff.
J-Mar Farms will continue to operate their farm stand inside a new building constructed on the property. In fact, the center will utilize that heart-healthy produce in cooking demonstrations and at the Heart Healthy Café on site.
For more information, visit www.WellSpan.org/WHVC.