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KU Hospital Opens New Heart Center

By Kelley Weiss

Kansas City, MO – The University of Kansas Hospital's new multi-million dollar heart center is admitting its first patients. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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The Center for Advanced Heart Care is a more than $75 million dollar facility that took three years to build and has stories of glass windows curving around the front side of KU hospital. It will focus on cardiac care but the hospital's Emergency Department is moving to the new facility as well and will have a bigger waiting room and updated equipment.

Dennis McCulloch, spokesperson for the hospital, says the center will be an asset for the Midwest region's aging population.

Dennis McCulloch: "As baby boomers age the heart needs are going to grow."

KU's heart team will perform surgeries there, run a cardiac lab and the facility has more than 100 patient beds. It will also be the entry point for the hospital's trauma center.

Funding for health care coverage on KCUR has been provided by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

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