Rome named cath lab director at Cardiovascular Center at Lane _lowres

Eric Rome

Eric Rome has been named cath lab director at Lane Cardiovascular Center.

Rome is responsible for overall operations of the catheterization lab, including communication efforts, patient satisfaction, physician relations and staff education. Prior to this position, he worked as a registered nurse in the Lane Cardiovascular Center since the program’s inception in 2007, working with interventional cardiologists during cardiac catheterizations and vascular procedures.

Rome received his bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and has more than 12 years of health care experience.

He was named Registered Nurse of the Year by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation in 2014 and is the only person at the hospital to have certification as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist administered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International, according to a news release.

“Eric has always been an asset to our team and will continue to excel in this new position,” said Laura Peel, director of cardiology. “He has a positive attitude and is a leader and mentor to employees throughout the facility. He values teamwork, professional development and has great rapport with our patients and families.”

Rome serves as co-coordinator of the hospital’s Cardiovascular Care committee and Chest Pain Accreditation committee and was instrumental in establishing several life-saving best practices, including the one-call pager system to reduce on-call call-out times and a bypass process so patients with heart attack symptoms can be admitted directly to the cath lab instead of the emergency room, the release said.

He is a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Invasive Professionals and is actively involved in organizational efforts to improve policies, procedures and nursing practices at Lane.

Also, he serves on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee and Intensive Care Unit Cardio committee. As an Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor, Rome volunteers his time teaching school-aged children how to recognize a heart attack and call 911, as well as community bystander CPR, early heart attack care, and how to use an automated external defibrillator.

A lifelong resident of Central, Rome and his wife, Amy, have two children: Matthew, 10, and Maci, 6.