St. Vincent’s Birmingham renovates second EP lab

The $3.2 million renovation project will provide more services to heart patients

An inside view of the new electrophysiology lab at St. Vincent’s Birmingham.

Ascension St. Vincent’s Birmingham has opened a new electrophysiology lab, a $3.2 million renovation project that is part of a $13.4 million investment in cardiology enhancements across the system.

This is the second EP lab at the Birmingham campus. An EP lab is a specialized heart catheterization lab designated for procedures specific to conditions that deal with irregular heart rhythms. Procedures include atrial fibrillation ablations, supraventricular tachycardia ablations, Watchman implants and pacemaker implants.

“This space was designed with the singular focus of delivering the safest, most effective arrhythmia care for our patients and heralds a bright future for the EP program at St. Vincent’s Birmingham,” said Dr. Ibrahim Hanna, electrophysiologist at St. Vincent’s Birmingham. “The inauguration of the new EP lab at St. Vincent’s Birmingham is an important milestone for our program. It reflects the commitment of the hospital leadership and all the cardiologists at Cardiology Specialists of Birmingham to provide top quality care for our patients.”

Hanna joined St. Vincent’s in the fall 2023 as the second interventional cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology. Since his arrival, the hospital has doubled the number of EP-related procedures it performs to roughly 90 a month, creating the need for a second lab.

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