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SwedishAmerican Interim President and CEO Jennifer Maher and SwedishAmerican Cardiologist Dr. Yasir Siraj are holding the scissors to cut the ribbon for the new lab.

SwedishAmerican celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art Special Procedures Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab) expansion today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and staff open house celebration.
SwedishAmerican board members, leaders and staff gathered to announce the opening of the Cath Lab, which will be used to perform interventional cardiology, interventional radiology and peripheral vascular procedures.
“On average, SwedishAmerican currently sees more than 4,000 cases each year in the Cath Lab,” said SwedishAmerican Medical Director Dr. Yaser Siraj. “With the new Cath Lab expansion, we will now be able to treat even more patients each year and utilize this increased technology to deliver high quality cardiovascular and interventional services to our patients.”
Construction began on the Cath Lab expansion in July of 2018. Located on the second floor of the downtown hospital campus, the 12,000-foot expansion cost $7.9 million for construction and $5 million for equipment.
About SwedishAmerican:
A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of nearly 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics, and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Please visit for more information.

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