Syrian-Lebanese Hospital opens new Cardiac ICU

15 de julho de 2016

This Friday saw the launch of a 12-bed facility for patients with high-complexity heart conditions. The hospital was established by the Arab colony in Brazil.

São Paulo – This Friday (15), the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil, opened a new Intensive Care Unit for diagnosis and treatment of patients with high-complexity cardiac conditions. The ICU is located in the hospital’s main unit, on Dona Adma Jafet Street, in the Bela Vista neighborhood.

The hospital said the new facility features state-of-the-art intensive care equipment for post-heart surgery care and the advanced handling of circulatory shock, i.e. acute cardiovascular failure episodes.

The Cardiac ICU relies on a team specializing in heart failure, with treatments including circulatory assistance and heart transplants. It has 12 beds and adjoins the Advanced Heart Failure Unit, which already works on more serious heart conditions. The new facility means the hospital now has 23 beds for high-complexity cardiac patients.

"Our focus is on patient-centered care, customized therapy and continuous rapport with patients families when it comes to care and decision-making,” a press release quoted the Cardiac Center’s general director Roberto Kalil Filho as saying. According to the hospital, around-the-clock family visits are allowed in the Cardiac ICU.

The hospital also said care will be improved on a constant basis, in tandem with other international centers of excellence, and including knowledge exchange, training to professionals and joint research. “The team is highly skilled and trained to cater to critical patients,” Ludhmila Hajjar, the coordinator of the Cardiac ICU and of the Advanced Heart Failure Unit said in the press release.

In 1971, the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital established the first ICU in Brazil for patients with serious conditions, especially post-major surgery. The hospital was created by the Sociedade Beneficente de Senhoras (Beneficent Ladies Society), formed by women from the Arab colony in Brazil, and its first premises were built with donations from the Arab-Brazilian community.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum