Fisher-Titus Medical Center broke ground Friday morning on an $11.3 million Heart and Vascular Center that will offer care close to home for area residents suffering from heart problems.
Construction of the new Heart and Vascular Center is slated for completion in summer 2008.
Fisher-Titus Executive Vice President Peg Baird was one of several Fisher-Titus officials present at the groundbreaking ceremony.
She said the 22,000-square-foot facility will also bring a total of 15 jobs to the Norwalk area.
"We want to be able to service our patients locally and add services to our campus," Baird said. "This is really an expansion of our capabilities."
Fisher-Titus will relocate its existing vascular lab and cardiac rehabilitation department into the center. A new feature to the center will be a cardiac catheterization lab, which will allow doctors to take pictures of blood vessels in or near the heart for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.
Fisher-Titus' Board of Directors have been planning this new facility since 2005, hiring cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Barry Zadeh in September 2006.
University of Toledo Physicians-Heart and Vascular cardiologists set up a full time office at Fisher-Titus in July.
The goal was to provide an integrated cardiovascular service line -- including rehabilitation, stress testing and a pacemaker clinic -- so people from the area don't have to drive far for care.
"With the addition of the University of Toledo Physicians-Heart and Vascular cardiology group," Fisher-Titus Cardiovascular Services Director Suzanne Inglis said in a news release, "we not only bring additional caring, experienced professionals to our community, but we also offer different types of cardiology services that were not provided before."
Fisher-Titus President Patrick Martin, Board of Directors Chairman John Payne, and state Rep. Matthew H. Barrett, D-Amherst, all offered remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony.