70 Hospitals With Great Cardiology Programs

Becker's Hospital Review has named "70 Hospitals with Great Cardiology Programs." These hospitals offer outstanding heart care, and the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected them based on clinical accolades, quality care and contributions to the field of cardiology. These hospitals have been recognized for excellence in this specialty by reputable healthcare rating resources, including U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, Thomson Reuters, the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Note: This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals or associated healthcare providers, and hospitals cannot pay to be included on this list. Hospitals are presented in alphabetical order.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis). The Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital uses an integrated cardiovascular care model to coordinate research and practice for a range of cardiovascular specialties. MHI's OPTIMIST Program — OPTions In Myocardial Ischemic Syndrome Therapy — provides new approaches for patients for whom surgery and other traditional treatments do not succeed. In July, a study published in Circulation by MHI researchers and others presented more evidence that therapeutic hypothermia is an effective treatment for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients.

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove, Ill.). Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital offers several specialized programs for heart and vascular health, including a congestive heart failure program, the Cardiac Heart Alert Program and an open-heart surgery program. The hospital also has a Cardiovascular Heart Assessment Recovery and Treatment Unit to provide outpatient therapy and same-day cardiac procedures in a central location. Midwest Heart Specialists, the largest independent cardiology practice in Illinois, signed a letter of intent in June to integrate with Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital.

Allegheny General Hospital (Pittsburgh). Allegheny General Hospital's Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute offers the Pulmonary Hypertension Program as a center of excellence. The program is the only one in the region that uses advanced imaging such as MRI and myocardial tissue Doppler imaging to evaluate PH patients. The development of the Magovern-Cromie Sutureless Aortic Valve by George Magovern, Sr., MD, in the early 1960s is one of the hospital's claims to fame.

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center (Milwaukee). In June, Aurora St. Luke's opened specialty centers for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, adult congenital heart disease, Marfan syndrome and valvular heart disease. The hospital was the first in the state to offer robotically-assisted heart surgery and performed the first heart transplant in the Midwest in 1968. In May, the hospital became the first in Wisconsin to implant a new device designed to reduce strokes in people with atrial fibrillation.

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center (Phoenix).
Banner Good Samaritan's Cavanagh Heart Center includes cardiac catheterization labs along with noninvasive, surgical and rehabilitation services. In April, the center became one of a select group of clinical sites to participate in a clinical trial studying a device for transcatheter aortic valve implantation. Banner Good Samaritan researchers will evaluate the use of the device in treating severe aortic stenosis. 

Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University (Saint Louis).
In June, Barnes-Jewish & Washington University opened the new Heart and Vascular Center that aims to provide patients with an inviting experience, featuring concierge staff to escort patients through the center. The center offers a heart second opinion program to connect patients who want a second opinion with the hospital's cardiologists. The center is also focused on research and has made important discoveries in areas such as the role of exercise training in patients with heart failure.

Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.). Beaumont Hospital's heart and vascular services include numerous centers devoted to cardiovascular health. Its Ministrelli Women's Heart Center was the first center of its kind in Michigan. Beaumont Hospital was also the first in the world to install an MRI unit dedicated solely to the heart. In July, Beaumont cardiovascular physician Kavitha Chinnaiyan, MD, was awarded a two-year, $84,822 grant from the American Heart Association to study coronary CT angiography.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston).
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's CardioVascular Institute has three divisions: cardiovascular medicine, cardiac surgery and vascular and endovascular surgery. The hospital invented the first pacemaker to be used in humans and continues to conduct innovative cardiovascular research. In April, BIDMC researchers published a study in Archives of Internal Medicine that suggested tai chi may improve the quality of life of chronic heart failure patients.

Boca Raton (Fla.) Regional Hospital. Boca Raton Regional Hospital's Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute opened in 2006 and was followed two years later by the opening of the hospital's Advanced Arrhythmia Center. The arrhythmia center is one of only a few facilities in the region that offers the mini-maze procedure, which involves a series of incisions arranged in a maze-like pattern, to treat atrial fibrillation. In January, the hospital opened the Aortic Center for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of aortic emergencies.

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). Brigham and Women's Hospital's Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center provides special services to cardiovascular patients through The Pavilion, which offers private rooms and a separate sleeping area for family. The Pavilion also provides luxury features like fine china and high tea served every afternoon. In April, the center's executive medical director Patrick T. O'Gara, MD, received the American Heart Association's Paul Dudley White award for his passion for patient care and contributions to the Heart Association.

Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.).
Carolinas Medical Center distinguishes itself from other hospitals in the region in several ways: Physicians at its Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute performed the first balloon angioplasty in North Carolina and the first excimer laser coronary angioplasty and directional coronary atherectomy in the Carolinas. Last year, Heart Group of the Carolinas merged with Sanger Heart and Vascular to increase access to care and expand the services available to Heart Group patients.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Cedars-Sinai's Heart Institute offers multiple services, including a pediatric cardiothoracic program and a preventive and rehabilitative cardiac center. The institute opened a 30-bed advanced heart failure unit for inpatients in Aug. 2010, the first of its kind in California. In February, John Gordon Harold, MD, current board member and a former chief of staff and clinical chief of cardiology at Cedars-Sinai, was named vice president of the American College of Cardiology.  

The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati). The Christ Hospital has had several recent expansions and renovations to its heart program. In 2004 the hospital completed its $77 million Heart and Vascular Center; in 2007 it opened the Carl H. & Edyth Lindner Heart Failure Treatment Center; and in 2008 it opened a clinic for congestive heart failure for uninsured patients who cannot pay for follow-up appointments or medications. In April, The Christ Hospital became the first in Ohio to treat patients who have irregular heartbeats with a new cardiac rhythm device designed to minimize inappropriate shocks.

Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic's Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute includes centers for women's cardiovascular services, heart failure and other specific cardiac conditions. A milestone in Cleveland Clinic's heart care occurred in the late 1960s when it hosted the first coronary artery bypass operation. The clinic's heart program has been ranked #1 by the U.S. News and World Report for 17 years in a row.

Duke University Medical Center (Durham, N.C.). Duke University Medical Center's Duke Heart Center shares its focus on both clinical services and research. In September, researchers at the Duke Clinical Research Institute discovered a genetic variant that may be associated with lower five-year survival after a coronary artery bypass. The hospital also features the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease, the world's oldest and largest repository of cardiac outcomes information.  

Emory University Hospital (Atlanta). Emory University Hospital's Heart and Vascular Center has been a pioneer in cardiac care. It performed the world's first triple off-pump bypass surgery using minimally invasive coronary artery bypass graft instrumentation in 1997. In 2001, the center performed the world's first totally endoscopic left ventricular resynchronization. Emory University researchers published a study in Diabetes Care in August that found economically disadvantaged youth showed more cardiovascular disease risk factors than youth from other socioeconomic levels.  

Evanston (Ill.) Hospital. Evanston Hospital, part of NorthShore University HealthSystem, offers a Cardiovascular Care Center that includes cardiothoracic surgery and a heart failure program, among other services. Earlier this year, NorthShore interventional cardiologist Ted Feldman, MD, studied the safety and effectiveness of MitraClip for select patients with mitral regurgitation two years after treatment. The results were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, Pa.).
As part of Geisinger Medical Center's Level 1 Heart Attack Program, the hospital partners with emergency ambulance and helicopter services and community hospitals to ensure that heart attack patients transferred to Geisinger receive angioplasty as quickly as possible. In January, Geisinger Medical Center researchers published a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology detailing its success in reducing door-to-balloon times for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction patients referred to Geisinger from other hospitals.

Greenville (S.C.) Memorial Hospital. Greenville Memorial Hospital's Heart and Vascular Institute includes the Chest Pain Center, Atrial Fibrillation Clinic and HeartLife, a cardiac rehabilitation and prevention program. The institute's cardiologists pioneered the use of intra-vascular ultrasound to diagnose cardiovascular disease. The institute is currently conducting clinical trials in acute coronary syndrome, congestive heart failure, adult acute coronary syndrome and adult coronary artery disease.

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center (La Crosse, Wis.).
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center Heart Institute includes a Priority One Heart Attack Program, which is designed to treat heart attack patients as quickly as possible. Under the program, healthcare facilities in the community stabilize the patient and call Gundersen Lutheran to activate the Priority One team, which provides treatment once the patient arrives via helicopter or ambulance. In May, the center's heart surgery team performed the 100th minimally invasive coronary surgery and aired portions of the surgery live on television.

Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. Hackensack University Medical Center delivers cardiovascular services through its Heart and Vascular Hospital — a "hospital within a hospital." The hospital has created "A Beat Beyond" campaign to make Hackensack's heart and vascular hospital a world-class resource for advanced cardiac care. In September, Charles Osgood, anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning and anchor and writer of The Osgood File, was named National Honorary Chairperson of the campaign.

Hahnemann University Hospital (Philadelphia). Some of the cardiac care programs offered at Hahnemann include cardiothoracic surgery, heart failure/transplant and nuclear cardiology. The hospital participated in research on drug-coated stents, designed to prevent scar tissue, through its cardiac catheterization program. In February, the hospital was awarded accreditation in nuclear cardiology by the American College of Radiology.

Henrico Doctors' Hospital (Richmond, Va.). Henrico Doctors' Hospital opened its new Heart Center, part of a $100 million expansion, in January. Through the center's critical care nursing services, the Henrico nursing team provides patients with sleep masks and ear plugs, massage therapy for pain management, pet therapy and other services to enhance their healing and patient experience. The rooms, which are designed so the patient is in the center with equipment around them, include additional space for family and large windows.

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Heart and Vascular offers comprehensive cardiology services, from its consultative cardiology program to its heart transplantation program. The hospital also conducts research through the Penn Cardiovascular Institute, which has seven research programs. In July, researchers published a study in Archives of Internal Medicine based on their findings that post-menopausal women with coronary artery disease and other risk factors are at an increased risk for sudden cardiac death.

Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore).
Johns Hopkins Hospital's Heart and Vascular Institute has multiple centers of excellence, including the Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Center for Aortic Disease and the comprehensive Marfan center. The hospital performed the first Blalock-Taussig shunt to treat infants with congenital heart defects in 1944. In September, Johns Hopkins researchers published a study in Science Translational Medicine that revealed how a widely-used pacemaker works at the biological level, which may allow physicians to use pacemakers in a new way.  

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