100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs | 2017

Becker's Healthcare named the following institutions to the 2017 edition of its list "100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs."

The hospitals named on this list are national leaders in cardiovascular healthcare. Many institutions pioneered groundbreaking procedures and remain on the forefront of heart care today. All have received recognition for delivering top-notch patient care.

To develop this list, the Becker's Healthcare editorial team examined several reputable rankings and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report rankings for cardiology and heart surgery; Truven Health Analytics' cardiovascular hospital rankings, CareChex rankings for cardiac care, Blue Distinction Centers for cardiac care and Society of Thoracic Surgeons star rankings.

Contact Laura Dyrda at ldyrda@beckershealthcare.com with questions or comments on this list.

Note: Hospitals do not pay and cannot pay for inclusion on this list. This list is not a ranking and organizations are presented in alphabetical order. 

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Advocate Christ Medical Center (Oak Lawn, Ill.). Advocate Christ MEdical Center is one of 12 hospital sites for the Advocate Heart Institute, which includes more than 100 locations across the Chicagoland area and 350 heart specialists. [CLICK HERE] 

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The Heart Center at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is the largest children's heart center in the region, treating more than 10,000 pediatric outpatients and 300 inpatients annually. [CLICK HERE] 

Aspirus Wausau (Wis.) Hospital. Aspirus Wausau Hospital's heart and vascular team includes more than 25 dedicated physicians who serve a 14-county region in Wisconsin and Michigan. [CLICK HERE]

Aultman Hospital (Canton, Ohio). Aultman Hospital's board-certified cardiologists have more than 320 years of experience combined, providing a robust array of clinical procedures and therapies. [CLICK HERE] 

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center (Milwaukee). Aurora St. Luke's proudly offers Wisconsin's only 24/7 onsite heart care team, which has been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for its top performance in cardiac and stroke care. [CLICK HERE]  

Banner Heart Hospital (Mesa, Ariz.). Banner Heart Hospital is a freestanding hospital dedicated to cardiac care. [CLICK HERE] 

Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis). Barnes-Jewish Hospital's heart transplant program launched in 1985 and has since performed more than 500 transcatheter aortic valve replacements. [CLICK HERE]

Baystate Medical Center (Springfield, Mass.). Baystate Medical Center, a 716-bed academic medical center, provides more than 80 percent of all cardiac surgeries in western Massachusetts. [CLICK HERE] 

Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.). The 1,100-bed Beaumont Hospital is home to the Beaumont Heart & Vascular Center, which includes Michigan's first center dedicated to women's heart care: the Ministrelli Women's Heart Center. [CLICK HERE] 

Bellin Hospital (Green Bay, Wis.). Bellin Hospital surgeons performed the first open heart surgery at the hospital and opened a cardiac catheterization lab in 1972. [CLICK HERE] 

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston). Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center created the CardioVascular Institute in 2007 by merging all heart services into a single organization. [CLICK HERE] 

Bethesda North Hospital (Cincinnati). Bethesda North Hospital is home to a location of the TriHealth Heart Institute, a top provider of heart attack care in Cincinnati. [CLICK HERE] 

Billings (Mont.) Clinic. Billings Clinic's John R. Burg MD Cardiac Center launched a transcatheter aortic valve replacement program in May 2016, which has grown into the highest volume TAVR program in the region. [CLICK HERE]  

Boston Children's Hospital. Boston Children's Hospital is home to the No. 2 pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2017 rankings. [CLICK HERE] 

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). Brigham and Women's Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center integrates all heart and vascular services into one center of excellence staffed by 225 physicians, 475 nurse specialists and more than 300 clinical and research fellows. [CLICK HERE] 

Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.). As the flagship of Carolinas HealthCare System, Carolinas Medical Center is the hub of the system's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, which has provided heart care to the region for more than 50 years. [CLICK HERE] 

Catholic Medical Center (Manchester, N.H.). Catholic Medical Center's New England Heart and Vascular Institute is staffed by 21 cardiologists, board-certified in interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and noninvasive cardiology. [CLICK HERE] 

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Cedars-Sinai's Heart Institute provides services across the spectrum of heart care, including transplants. [CLICK HERE] 

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute has been a pioneer in providing pediatric cardiology services and was first in the nation to implant a ventricular assist device in a Duchenne muscular dystrophy patient. [CLICK HERE] 

Children's Hospital Colorado (Aurora). Children's Hospital Colorado's Heart Institute includes more than 300 experts treating around 20,000 patients a year. [CLICK HERE]

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's cardiac care team comprises more than 125 experts, including pediatric cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and critical care intensivists. [CLICK HERE]

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's pediatric cardiac center staffs full-time fetal, neonatal and pediatric experts. [CLICK HERE]

Cleveland Clinic. Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute physicians and surgeons treated more than 542,000 patients in 2015 and conducted more than 4,000 cardiac surgeries, as well as 2,900 valve surgeries. [CLICK HERE]

Cone Health (Greensboro, N.C.). Cone Health Heart & Vascular Center, based at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, includes more than 50 cardiologists and heart surgeons. [CLICK HERE]

Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). Clinicians at Duke University Hospital treat more than 65,000 heart disease patients every year. [CLICK HERE]

Eisenhower Medical Center (Rancho Mirage, Calif.). The Eisenhower Smilow Heart Center at Eisenhower Medical Center contains the only full-service electrophysiology laboratories in California's Coachella Valley. [CLICK HERE]

El Camino Hospital (Mountain View, Calif.). El Camino Hospital's Norma Melchor Heart & Vascular Institute exceeds national hospital averages for six cardiac quality measures, including percutaneous coronary intervention, emergency heart attack treatment and coronary artery bypass grafting. [CLICK HERE]

Emory (Atlanta). Emory University Hospital is a major referral institution for patients with complex cardiac problems. [CLICK HERE]

Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati). Good Samaritan Hospital, part of Cincinnati-based TriHealth, was the first hospital in Cincinnati to offer aortic aneurysm repair with fenestrated stents and among the first in the U.S. to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement. [CLICK HERE]

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital (Clinton Township, Mich.). Henry Ford Macomb Hospital's Heart and Vascular Institute offers one of the only advanced heart failure programs in southeast Michigan. [CLICK HERE]

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano (Texas). Opened in 2008 as a physician-owned hospital, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is undergoing an expansion that will add 28 private outpatient guest suites, an education suite with a bio-skills lab and a dedicated suite to cardiovascular research, with an expected completion date of summer 2018. [CLICK HERE]

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, Calif.). The Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian repairs more heart valves than 90 percent of all cardiac programs in the nation. [CLICK HERE]

Houston Methodist Hospital. Opened in 2001, the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center has been on the forefront of heart and vascular care since inception. [CLICK HERE]

IU Health (Indianapolis). IU Health Cardiovascular, in association with Indiana University School of Medicine, serves as a regional referral institution for complex heart and vascular issues, treating more patients than any other program in the state. [CLICK HERE]

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore). The Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute provides a full range of surgical interventions, including traditional surgeries like valve replacements and more complex procedures like off-pump coronary bypasses. [CLICK HERE]

Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.). Kaiser Permanente's board-certified specialists and multidisciplinary care teams have reduced serious heart attacks among patients by 62 percent in five years through preventative methods. [CLICK HERE]

Lankenau Medical Center (Wynnewood, Pa.). Clinicians at the Lankenau Heart Institute have performed 1,300 robotic heart bypass procedures — more than any other hospital in the nation. [CLICK HERE]

Lehigh Valley Hospital (Allentown, Pa.). Lehigh Valley Health Network's Chrin Heart and Vascular Center is the fifth largest heart program in Pennsylvania. [CLICK HERE]

Longview (Texas) Regional Medical Center. Longview Regional Medical Center staffs a team of 12 cardiac specialists who performed 6,407 heart procedures in 2016. [CLICK HERE] 

Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, Ill.). Loyola University's Center for Heart and Vascular Medicine is equipped with 30 specialists focused on pediatric cardiology, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery. [CLICK HERE]

Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Massachusetts General Hospital is home to the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, one of the first dedicated cardiac units in the nation. [CLICK HERE]

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus is ranked No. 2 in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. [CLICK HERE]

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville (Fla.). Opened in 2008, the 308-bed Mayo Clinic Jacksonville is a part of the Mayo Clinic Health System. [CLICK HERE]

MedStar Washington Hospital Center (Washington, D.C.). The MedStar Cardiology Heart and Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center employs 140-plus heart specialists. [CLICK HERE]

The Medical Center at Bowling Green (Ky.). The Heart Institute at The Medical Center at Bowling Green houses the area's only 24-hour emergency intervention for open heart surgery, balloon angioplasty and cardiac stenting. [CLICK HERE]

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (Houston). Since opening in 2008, Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute in the Texas Medical Center has grown to encompass expertise in heart attack and heart failure treatments as well as complex surgeries. [CLICK HERE]

Mercy Hospital (Coon Rapids, Minn.). In January, Mercy Hospital and Fridley, Minn.-based Unity Hospital combined in a "one hospital, two campuses" strategy under the name Mercy Hospital. [CLICK HERE]

Mercy Health-Anderson Hospital (Cincinnati). Mercy Health-Anderson Hospital, established in 1984, offers comprehensive heart care procedures for thoracic surgery and cardiovascular surgery.  [CLICK HERE]

Michigan Medicine (Ann Arbor). The Frankel Cardiovascular Center at Michigan Medicine recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and is home to four cardiac surgery operating rooms, two endovascular procedure labs and 36 clinic exam rooms. [CLICK HERE]

Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.  The Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital is recognized internationally as one of the world's leading providers of heart and vascular care. [CLICK HERE]

Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center. Morristown Medical Center is home to the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, which supports more than 1,000 open heart procedures annually. [CLICK HERE]

Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital (Greensboro, N.C.). The Cone Health Heart & Vascular Center, located in Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, employs more than 50 cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons. [CLICK HERE]

Mount Sinai Hospital (New York City). Mount Sinai Heart Institute was established in 2006 to bridge efforts between Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for cardiovascular care, research and education.  [CLICK HERE]

Mount Sinai Medical Center (Miami Beach). Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Heart Institute offers a myriad of services ranging from diagnostic testing, catheter interventions and cardiac surgery. [CLICK HERE]

Nebraska Medicine (Omaha). As of August 2017, Nebraska Medicine touted the only heart transplant program in the state and clocked its 289th heart transplant procedure. [CLICK HERE] 

Nebraska Methodist Hospital (Omaha). Nebraska Methodist Hospital, a 423-bed nonprofit hospital with more than 400 active physicians on staff, offers a continuum of services, including cardiac catheterization, open heart surgery and cardiac rehabilitation. [CLICK HERE] 

NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital (New York City). Cardiac patients at NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital are treated at one of its three dedicated heart centers: the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute, Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center or the William Acquavella Heart Valve Center. [CLICK HERE]

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago). Northwestern Memorial Hospital is home to the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, which Blue Cross Blue Shield Association designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. [CLICK HERE]

Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge (La.). Ochsner Medical Center's John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute is home to more than 50 cardiologists. Surgeons at Ochsner Medical Center have completed more than 900 heart transplants and 450 nonsurgical aortic valve replacement procedures. [CLICK HERE]

Oklahoma Heart Hospital (Oklahoma City). The physician-owned Oklahoma Heart Hospital touts the distinction of being the first all-digital hospital in the U.S. [CLICK HERE]

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus). The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital is a 150-bed facility with an ambulatory care center, heart transplant center and medication management clinic. [CLICK HERE] 

OSF HealthCare (Rockford, Ill.). Formerly the Rockford Cardiovascular Associates, OSF Healthcare Cardiovascular Institute has been providing patients care since 1963.  [CLICK HERE]

Oregon Health and Science University Hospital (Portland). Oregon Health and Science University Hospital established OHSU Cardiovascular Institute in 2012 through a $125 million donation from Phil and Penny Knight. [CLICK HERE]

Penn Medicine (Philadelphia). Penn Presbyterian, Penn Medicine's flagship hospital, opened one of the first coronary care units in the country in 1963. [CLICK HERE]

Piedmont Healthcare (Atlanta). Piedmont Healthcare combines a level 1 cardiovascular center with seven hospitals and a multidisciplinary team of nurses, healthcare professionals and physicians to form Piedmont Heart. [CLICK HERE] 

ProMedica Toledo (Ohio) Hospital.  ProMedica Toledo Hospital offers a heart failure clinic, structural heart clinic and the Jobst Vascular Institute, which provides diagnostic tests, surgical and nonsurgical treatment, education and follow-up care. [CLICK HERE]

Riverside Healthcare (Kankakee, Ill.).  Riverside Healthcare's Riverside Heart & Vascular Institute partners with the University of Chicago Medicine to provide cardiothoracic services. [CLICK HERE]

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Rush University Medical Center's cardiology department includes 41 specialists focused on heart disease and surgery. [CLICK HERE] 

Saint Thomas West Hospital (Nashville, Tenn.). Saint Thomas West Hospital, an Ascension affiliate, relaunched its heart transplant program in May 2016 after a five-year hiatus. [CLICK HERE]

Sanford USD Medical Center (Sioux Falls, S.D). Sanford Heart Hospital, a 205,000-square-foot facility, is attached to Sanford USD Medical Center. [CLICK HERE]

Scripps Health (San Diego). Scripps Health Memorial Hospital La Jolla heart specialists see 55,000 patients annually, more than any other heart care provider in San Diego County. [CLICK HERE]

Sentara Norfolk (Va.) General Hospital-Sentara Heart Hospital. The 112-bed Sentara Norfolk General Hospital houses five cardiac operating rooms and 140 board certified cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and anesthesiologists that perform more than 1,900 cardiothoracic surgeries and see around 100,000 patients for noninvasive diagnostic testing annually. [CLICK HERE] 

Saint Luke's Hospital (Kansas City, Mo.). Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute comprises 60 cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and critical care physicians. [CLICK HERE]

St. Cloud Hospital (St. Cloud, Minn.). Each year, 25 cardiologists at CentraCare Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Cloud Hospital treat more than 30,000 patients suffering from heart disease. [CLICK HERE] 

St. Francis Hospital (Roslyn, N.Y.). Founded in 1922, St. Francis Hospital is the only specialty-designated cardiac center in New York. [CLICK HERE] 

St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana (Indianapolis). St. Vincent Heart Center, an Ascension affiliate, has around 30 heart care clinics, 180 cardiovascular physicians and 300 heart care associates. [CLICK HERE]

Stanford (Calif.) Health Care. Stanford Health Care surgeons performed the first successful U.S. heart transplant in 1968; since then, the health system's cardiovascular services have grown to see more than 5,000 patients annually. [CLICK HERE]

Sutter Medical Center (Sacramento, Calif.). Since 1957, the Sutter Heart and Vascular Institute has accomplished many firsts in the greater Sacramento area; surgeons at the hospital were the first to perform a successful open heart surgery, heart transplant and coronary angioplasty. [CLICK HERE]

Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital. Tampa General Hospital, a 1,011-bed institution with around 7,300 employees, includes six cardiac catheterization labs, seven interventional radiology suites, eight cardiac operating rooms and a hybrid heart valve operating room. [CLICK HERE]

Texas Children's Hospital (Houston). In 2013, the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium named Texas Children's Hospital the first Pediatric Health Failure Institute in Texas, a distinction shared with four other pediatric programs across the country. [CLICK HERE]

Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center (Houston). Founded by Denton A. Cooley, MD, in 1962, the Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing cardiovascular disease. [CLICK HERE]

The Christ Hospital Health Network (Cincinnati). The Christ Hospital Health Network's The Christ Hospital was the first hospital in the Cincinnati region to build a transcatheter aortic valve replacement program in 2011, and in June surgeons performed the 500th heart valve replacement procedure at the hospital. [CLICK HERE]

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia). Surgeons and researchers at The Jefferson Heart Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital have helped pioneer minimally invasive procedures and develop stents that open arteries as well as drug-eluting stents to prevent re-obstruction. [CLICK HERE] 

Tufts Medical Center (Boston). In 2016, Tufts Medical Center surgeons performed 56 successful heart transplants, among the top 10 U.S. hospitals with the most heart transplants last year and a significant increase from 19 heart transplants in 2015. [CLICK HERE]

UC San Diego Health. UC San Diego Health's Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center opened in 2011 as the first comprehensive heart hospital in San Diego dedicated to specialized cardiac care. [CLICK HERE]

UCLA Health (Los Angeles). The Heart Transplant Program at UCLA Medical Center launched in 1984 and has grown into one of the largest in the nation, having provided heart transplants to more than 2,000 adults and 300 children over the past three decades. [CLICK HERE]

UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco). The 16-bed UCSF Heart & Vascular Center's Heart Transplant Program began in 1989 and has provided more than 250 heart transplants since then. [CLICK HERE]

UMass Memorial Medical Center (Worcester, Mass.).  UMass Memorial Health Care's flagship hospital, UMass Memorial Medical Center, is the only hospital in New England providing custom manufactured fenestrated endovascular grafts for the minimally invasive thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm treatment. [CLICK HERE]

University Hospitals Case Medical Center (Cleveland). UH Case Medical Center is home to the Harrington Heart & Vascular Center. [CLICK HERE]

UAB Hospital (Birmingham, Ala.). UAB Hospital houses a 21-bed cardiac care unit specializing in procedures such as heart transplants and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. [CLICK HERE]

University of California Davis Medical Center (Sacramento). University of California Davis Medical Center cardiologists performed the hospital's first transcatheter aortic valve replacement in 2012, marking the first time a minimally invasive heart valve replacement was performed in Sacramento. [CLICK HERE]

University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora). The Cardiac and Vascular Center at University of Colorado Hospital achieved the 2017 Silver Performance Achievement Award from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, denoting achievement above 90 percent for specific performance measures over four consecutive quarters. [CLICK HERE]

University of Kansas Hospital (Kansas City). Three heart surgeons founded the University of Kansas Health System's Center for Advanced Heart Care in 2001 after leaving their private practices to join University of Kansas Hospital. [CLICK HERE]

University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital (Ann Arbor). University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is an international referral center for children with complex congenital heart diseases. [CLICK HERE]  

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (Madison). The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinic opened its heart transplantation program in 1973, and the hospital's surgeons have performed more than 700 heart transplants since then. [CLICK HERE]

University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville, Va.). Since 1989, UVA physicians and surgeons have performed more than 300 heart transplants and currently perform a higher volume of angioplasties for superior mesenteric arteries than most other heart centers in the country. [CLICK HERE]

UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside (Pittsburgh). Surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside performed the first-ever minimally invasive coronary bypass in the tri-state region. Since then, the hospital has expanded minimally invasive approaches to include valve surgery and the use of robotics. [CLICK HERE]

UW Medicine (Seattle). UW Medicine Regional Heart Center has more than 75 providers focused on cardiology and heart care. [CLICK HERE]

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). Vanderbilt University Medical Center has more than 20 heart clinics across Tennessee and Kentucky, supporting around 130,000 annual patient visits. [CLICK HERE]

Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital. Surgeons at Yale-New Haven Hospital's Heart & Vascular Center perform around 200 transcatheter aortic valve replacements annually, utilizing a full team approach. [CLICK HERE]

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