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Dr. Saar Danon, a cardiac interventionalist, works alongside cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Andrew Fiore in the new pediatric hybrid cath lab.
Cardinal Glennon is bringing a new level of pediatric heart care to St. Louis, with the recent unveiling of the region’s first pediatric hybrid cardiac cath lab.


This hybrid suite allows a cardiac interventionalist to work alongside a heart surgeon to diagnose and treat heart problems in the same procedure. This allows for fewer procedures and faster healing for patients.

“The suite will bring a big advancement in terms of the procedures that will be done here,” said Dr. Ken Schowengerdt, director of Cardiology.

The hybrid lab was made possible by significant contributions from the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network and $1 million in federal appropriations from former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond.

The standard cardiac cath lab will continue to operate, but some disorders benefit from the ability to bring a surgical team in to work alongside the cardiac interventionalist. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a common cardiac disorder in which physicians use this approach.

Located on the second floor adjacent to the 10-room surgical suite, the new hybrid suite is twice as large as the standard cath lab. When not used for a hybrid procedure, the new suite can operate as a cath lab, allowing two catheterization procedures to occur at the same time.

The hybrid cath lab is just a step in continuing to build the exceptional heart program at Cardinal Glennon.

“The hybric interventions are opening new horizons for us,” said Dr. Saadeh Al-Jureidini, director of the cardiac catheterization and interventional program. “In the future, we will be doing procedures for our patients that we have not thought of yet.”

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