WK to hold open house to showcase Heart & Vascular Institute expansion

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An open house showcasing Willis-Knighton Heart & Vascular Institute’s new $40 million expansion will be held Sunday, Jan. 28 from 2-4 p.m.

The two-year project expands one of the largest heart surgery facilities in Louisiana by 80,000-square feet and adds five new surgical suites, 20 additional critical care beds and increased state-of-the-art technology.

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The heart surgery suites will be dedicated in memory of the late Dr. Stan Shelby, a pioneer heart surgeon who was part of the team that performed the first successful coronary artery bypass graft surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He later moved to Shreveport where he established the cardiac program at Confederate Memorial Medical Center. The day surgery pavilion will be rededicated to honor the late Dr. Albert Bicknell, a surgeon and long-time supporter of the health system’s growth and expansion of surgical services.

Visitors will have an opportunity to view the space and visit with some of the heart care experts at Willis-Knighton. They will also get an up-close exciting window inside the body as they enter an interactive, walk-through MEGA Heart exhibit that stretches 26 feet long, 13 feet tall and 15 feet wide.