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Hospital Officials Tout Construction Progress of Cardiac Center


Jan. 25, 2007 — Juan F. Luis Hospital officials on Thursday showed off the progress of the new Virgin Islands Cardiac Center (VICC), which is scheduled to be completed in October.
"This is an investment by the community that goes back into the community," said William "Bill" Kantz, the hospital's fund-raising officer.
Start-up funds for the center, which broke ground in June 2006, were provided by V.I. Public Finance Authority bond proceeds, Tobacco Settlement Financing Corp. funds and V.I. Legislature appropriations.
The exterior and main floor walls have been erected, and several-dozen construction workers were on the job Thursday pouring concrete to build the stairs to the upper level. When completed, the freestanding structure will encompass 12,000 square feet and be connected by an enclosed walkway to the main hospital building. A helipad will be located on the roof to transport patients from off island.
At a cost of $24 million, the center will provide state-of-the-art cardiac services and interventions to the residents of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. The hospital already provides cardiovascular care, such as angioplasty, heart catheterization and implanting pacemakers, among other heart treatments.
Upon completion, the center will consolidate and expand its services, improving efficiency and effectiveness of patient flow, overall operations as well as convenience for patients' families, the community and staff, according to Kantz.
Private donations to the center are still being aggressively sought, Kantz said. "We did not have the head start of a large private donation; we've had talks [with potential donors] but we don't have it yet," Kantz said. He said he is "confident" that a substantial donation will come and suggested that a "well-known" family that is "local or with strong local ties" will soon make a donation large enough to have the center bear its name.
The fund-raising goal for private donations is $7 million.
Kantz said the project is part of a long-term plan by hospital officials to make Luis Hospital and Cardiac Center "the hospital of choice in the Caribbean." He said the center will improve coordination of all cardiovascular services and provide a "continuum of care," including cardiac surgery and post-treatment services, research facilities available to the public and diet and rehabilitation services. According to Kantz, the center will have adequate space to expand services in response to the needs of the community.
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