Baptist Heart Institute
Baptist is the only health care system in the Mid-South that offers the full spectrum of heart care, from noninvasive cardiology to adult heart transplantation. The Baptist Heart Institute is designed to deliver comprehensive services to its patients in the most convenient way possible. It combines all heart services in one facility to support high-quality care, research, education and data management.
The Baptist Heart Institute includes: a surgery addition, cardiac catheterization labs, a pre- and post-cardiac patient staging area, heart transplant unit, cardiovascular recovery/cardiovascular intensive care unit, two cardiac medicine units and a cardiac intervention unit. The facility also includes a waiting area for patients' families and houses the Ford-Goltman Clinical Research Center, an inpatient facility that allows researchers to conduct several types of clinical research trials.
Through the Heart Institute, doctors, staff and patients have an increased awareness of and access to new treatments. In addition, doctors focus on research and new treatment options, which affect both the quality and length of life.
The surgery addition has open-heart surgery rooms equipped with innovative technology available. The rooms are sized to accommodate the equipment and increase efficiency of care. The inpatient catheterization labs are next to the surgery suite, making it more convenient for patients, physicians and staff. Physicians and staff can care for cardiac catheterization patients and transport them to and from procedures more efficiently in the cardiac patient pre and post staging area.
Heart Transplant & Coronary Care Units
The heart transplant unit/coronary care unit and cardiovascular recovery/cardiovascular intensive care unit are located on the second floor of the Heart Institute. Here, care is provided for patients immediately following heart and lung transplants and open-heart surgery procedures. A bridge connects the cardiovascular intensive care unit to the cardiac step-down unit, which is in the west wing of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, to make it more convenient to move patients as their conditions improve.
Family Waiting Areas
The family waiting room offers many of the necessities for long and short stays, including shower facilities and lockers. Staff keep waiting room guests updated on patients' conditions.
HealthGrades Recognition for Excellent Heart Care
HealthGrades has rated the Baptist Heart Institute as Tennessee's top-rated heart surgery program and in the nation's top 10 percent.*
HealthGrades compiles patient outcomes data from more than 70 independent sources, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and state hospital and medical board records. HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data using advanced statistical techniques to make valid comparisons between providers; translates the data into easily understandable, objective ratings; and uses this information to assess and improve the quality of health care.
*2011 best-in-market certifications provided by HealthGrades, Inc., the nation's leading third-party health care ratings, information and advisory services company whose mission is to help guide America to better health care. Market areas are defined on www.healthgrades.com.