Why Choose CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute?

Access. At CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, you have access to the state’s largest and most diverse network of heart specialists. And we are close to home with services in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs, Searcy and Conway and more than 25 community locations.


Latest Treatments and Technology for Heart Disease

We use the latest treatments for all forms of heart disease -- from common problems to rare or life-threatening conditions. Whether you've been referred for diagnostic testing, cardiac treatment or disease management, your best interests are at the heart of every medical recommendation we make and care option we provide.

With access to 10 cath lab procedure rooms, 6 CV operating rooms, 40 dedicated cardiology critical care beds and over 60 telemetry beds the CHI St Vincent Heart Institute has the resources to care for a variety of patients. Our support team includes advanced practice providers, perfusionists, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, social workers, and dietitians. With this breadth of specialties we our patients get comprehensive care tailored their individual health concerns and wellbeing. Our group of more than 50 heart specialits bring the diversity necessary to treat each patient's specific condition.

ACE Accredited Cardiac Cath Labs

The cardiac cath labs at CHI St Vincent Infirmary and CHI St Vincent North are the first 2 ACE accredited cath labs in the state of Arkansas, with the cath lab at the Infirmary also holding chest pain accreditation.  We see a multitude of procedures including

  • Cardiac catheterization (cardiac cath or heart cath) is a procedure to examine how well your heart is working.
  • Stenting - a procedure used to open clogged heart arteries
  • CTO - minimally invasive technique used to treat patients with chronic total occlusion (CTO), or complete blockages, of the coronary arteries.
  • EP studies and ablations - used to treat heart arrhythmia

We bring together the state’s largest group of cardiologists with cardiothoracic surgeons and critical care intensivists to provide comprehensive care to our patients.


Hot Springs Heart Center provides comprehensive services and the latest technology in one convenient location. CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary has been ranked since 2012 by U.S. News & World Report as a top regional hospital by achieving high performing status for heart-related categories. We are one of two Arkansas hospitals, and fewer than 20 in the United States to receive Ace Accreditation for Cardiac Excellence for our cath labs. We do more than 3,000 catheterizations a year. Our Jack Stephens Heart Unit offers exceptional service and amenities.

CHI St. Vincent has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. The CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock earned the award for meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick, appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

CHI St. Vincent North hospital’s heart services include a STEMI program that provides life-saving treatment for patients experiencing a heart attack.

CHI St. Vincent Morrilton also has advanced emergency capabilities to diagnosis heart problems.

Our partners also include with Conway Regional Medical Center and Unity Health – White County Medical Center where our cardiologists take care of patients close to home.


It’s All About You

We are leading the way in heart care, shifting the focus from procedure to program, from individual doctor to a team of specialists and primary care, from disease to whole-person wellness. Our team includes CHI St. Vincent Heart Clinic Arkansas (the state's largest cardiology group) as well as heart surgeons in Little Rock and Hot Springs. From aggressive diagnostic routines to the latest surgical procedures to heart health education, we offer comprehensive care close to home.

Learn about our care for heart disease. Hear our patient stories

Advancing Heart Care Resources for Southwest Arkansas

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When facing a heart attack, coronary artery disease or other cardiac condition, you want the best cardiovascular care available. That’s why CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs works daily to earn its place as the premier heart care facility in Southwest Arkansas with comprehensive heart care services and the latest in technology in one convenient location.

“Southwest Arkansas is a big area with very limited resources, but our cardiology group is proud to provide service to almost the entire region,” said Dr. Yuba Acharya, cardiologist at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs. “It’s our mission to provide excellent care to those who need it at the hospital, through our outreach clinics and through telemedicine services.”



While CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs and the CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs Heart Center each reside in the middle of Garland County, the team of cardiologists and heart specialists provide services to patients from across the southwest region of Arkansas. From Arkadelphia and Gurdon to Amity and Glenwood, CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs provides exceptional heart care resources for many communities where patients may have limited local options.

“Patients in those areas are still having heart attacks, they’re still having problems and they still need care,” Dr. Acharya said. “It can be challenging with the geographical differences at times, but with telemedicine and other guidelines, we can ensure that patients get quality and timely care.”

The team of cardiologists at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs is also part of the state’s largest and most diverse network of heart specialists with the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, which provides comprehensive care to patients in Hot Springs, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Searcy and Conway. The CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute also includes more than 25 community locations.

“We have one goal and the goal is all about the patient,” said CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs cardiologist Dr. Oyidie Igbokidi. “It’s a uniform medical care that we’re providing and we’re leading the way in heart care by shifting from procedure driven to program driven. It’s not just an individual doctor, but a team of specialists working together to provide comprehensive care to our patients.”



As part of the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, the cardiologists and heart surgeons at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs are leading the way in heart care and advancing resources for patients in Southwest Arkansas with aggressive diagnostic routines, the latest surgical procedures and heart health education.

“Even though we’re here in Hot Springs and others are in North Little Rock or the CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, it really feels like one team,” Dr. Igbokidi said. “We’re proud to provide that care to the Southwest Arkansas region. What matters is putting patients first.”

Whether you need emergency services or long-term care for ongoing heart conditions, your heart health is our highest priority at CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute. We provide quality and compassionate care for high blood pressure, arrhythmias, heart valve disease and heart failure. To learn more about heart care in Southwest Arkansas and our wide range of heart services available across the state, visit: chistvincent.com/heart

Accreditations for Excellence in Heart Care

Mission LIfeline Award Mission LIfeline STEMI Award
Gold Plus Get with the Guidelines - Stroke silverstrokequalityaward
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