Why Choose CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute?

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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.

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.

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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.

 

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CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary is one of only 240 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2022. The award recognizes CHI St. Vincent Infirmary’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that the healing ministry has reached an aggressive goal of treating patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

“Our cardiologists, surgeons and entire healthcare team are consistently raising the bar for what Arkansans can expect from quality heart care right here close to home,” said CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute President Marcia Atkinson. “This repeated recognition and honor from the American College of Cardiology shows that we’re not only meeting standards, but exceeding them year after year.”

To receive the Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, the Infirmary demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain  ̶   MI Registry for two consecutive years (2020 and 2021) and performed at the highest level for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“It is an honor to award CHI St. Vincent Infirmary with the Platinum Performance Award for their valuable national leadership and dedication to meeting comprehensive performance measures in patient care,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. “The receipt of this award indicates that CHI St. Vincent remains committed to providing top quality, guideline-driven care for heart attack patients. Their success ensures patients are receiving the highest quality cardiovascular care.”

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 800,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock was also named the best hospital in Arkansas for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s Best Regional Hospital rankings for 2021–22. Cardiovascular surgeons with the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute at the Infirmary in Little Rock have also earned two distinguished three-star ratings for patient care and outcomes from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the highest quality rating that organization bestows. For more information about the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, visit: www.chistvincent.com/heart

 


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CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary is one of only 240 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2022. The award recognizes CHI St. Vincent Infirmary’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that the healing ministry has reached an aggressive goal of treating patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

“Our cardiologists, surgeons and entire healthcare team are consistently raising the bar for what Arkansans can expect from quality heart care right here close to home,” said CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute President Marcia Atkinson. “This repeated recognition and honor from the American College of Cardiology shows that we’re not only meeting standards, but exceeding them year after year.”

To receive the Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, the Infirmary demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain  ̶   MI Registry for two consecutive years (2020 and 2021) and performed at the highest level for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“It is an honor to award CHI St. Vincent Infirmary with the Platinum Performance Award for their valuable national leadership and dedication to meeting comprehensive performance measures in patient care,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. “The receipt of this award indicates that CHI St. Vincent remains committed to providing top quality, guideline-driven care for heart attack patients. Their success ensures patients are receiving the highest quality cardiovascular care.”

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 800,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock was also named the best hospital in Arkansas for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s Best Regional Hospital rankings for 2021–22. Cardiovascular surgeons with the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute at the Infirmary in Little Rock have also earned two distinguished three-star ratings for patient care and outcomes from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the highest quality rating that organization bestows. For more information about the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, visit: www.chistvincent.com/heart