Renovation of this existing space at Mt. Hood Medical Center created two highly technical cardiac services surgery suites (known as Cath Labs). Work on these labs was quite detailed. The ceilings are 18 feet, slab to slab, and only 10 feet after all systems are installed. In the eight hidden feet of the ceiling is a complicated system that includes air handling, power, structural supports for booms, other mechanical and electrical requirements, and reinforcement to ensure that absolutely no vibrations would translate to the equipment, which was particularly important for the live video image.
While the hospital has multiple high-grade generators to prevent delays with power bumps, the suite has additional full battery backup services that will operate all equipment for up to 2.5 hours – if the power goes out, and the backup generator fails. Additional air conditioning units were required for these and also needed to be accommodated.
Catheterization is a key procedure undertaken in the surgical suites, however, a full spectrum of cardiac health services are performed here.