The role of the community hospital in the performance of specialized diagnostic procedures has been under scrutiny recently by hospital administrators, the federal government, and practicing physicians. With this in mind, the results of eight years of cardiac catheterization in a community hospital have been surveyed. Results support the concept that this is a low-risk procedure, and that a community hospital offers an excellent place for screening potential surgical candidates. Discussion shows the value of such a laboratory to patient, physician, and community.
Jennings PB, Kleiber E, Rolnick J. Cardiac Catheterization in a Community Hospital. JAMA. 1967;202(3):241-243. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130160115032