Vascular Institute of Chattanooga will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 31 to celebrate the newly opened 4,000-square-foot clinic expansion designed to enhance diagnostic ultrasound, wound care and vascular services to patients.
The expansion brings the VIC medical facility, 2358 Lifestyle Way, Ste. 100, to just over 12,000 square feet. It doubles the size of clinical exam space and provides five new diagnostic ultrasound suites. "These additions compliment the three surgical procedure suites to complete the region’s first of its kind outpatient vascular facility that is owned and operated by a private medical provider," officials said.
“VIC’s goal is to provide quality care to our community and beyond,” said Chris LeSar, MD, a vascular surgeon and VIC’s founding physician. “In our full-service outpatient vascular center we can see patients, diagnose problems through ultrasounds and treat them, all in one location. This expansion emphasizes what we have been saying for years, 'the patient is truly at the center of everything we do.'”
Dr. LeSar, along with Joe Coatti, MD, vascular surgeon, specialize in vascular procedures and techniques to correct the flow of blood vessels outside of the heart and brain that may be narrowed, blocked or dilated, including diseases of the carotid, aortic, mesenteric, renal or peripheral arteries. In addition to outpatient procedures at VIC, both physicians perform surgical procedures in hospital settings as well.
Officials said, "The diagnostic ultrasound suites provide an area for non-invasive test to examine the circulation of blood vessels (arteries and veins) within the body and identify potential issues. During an ultrasound, high frequency sound waves are bounced off tissues in the body and then converted into an image on a computer screen. VIC’s registered vascular technicians evaluate the blood flow through the vessels, looking for narrowed areas (blockages) in the arteries and blood clots in the veins.
"Additional clinical exam rooms will allow VIC’s nurse practitioners and wound care specialists to treat patients with less wait time for scheduling appointments from the initial referral or patient contact. Patients will meet with a clinician to determine specialized treatment plans, which may include surgery, if needed, and follow up care once procedures are completed."
“Having everything under one roof enables our team to better work together by creating the most effective treatment plan possible,” Dr. LeSar said. “Our facility has easy ground floor access and parking to accommodate the many needs of our patients.”
The public is invited to attend the expansion ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, followed by an open house until 6:30 p.m. Facility tours and complementary health and carotid screenings will be offered.