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Betty's Heart Surgery

Our heart team knows how to get meaningful results. Listen to a recent heart patient talk about her experience.

Our Heart & Vascular Center

See how our partnership with Indiana University Health Cardiovascular provides our area with comprehensive surgical heart care services.

Overview

We are proud to be the area’s only hospital to offer comprehensive heart care services, around the clock, every day. Through our partnership with Indiana University Health Cardiovascular, nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report, you have access to an expert team of cardiac surgeons, close to home.

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Making vital resources available, we keep this community ticking.

Heart surgery, cardiac intervention, catheterization, electrophysiology, vein treatment, cardiac rehabilitation…. If you have a heart problem, we can help— in a matter of minutes, if need be. And when minutes count, miles matter.

We are proud to offer a highly advanced cardiac intensive care unit, two state-of-the-art cardiac operating rooms, three cardiac catheterization labs (including the first all digital cardiac catheterization lab in Indiana) and an electrophysiology laboratory, all in Columbus.

Having such exceptional cardiac care facilities here in our community makes it easier on heart care patients and families and, most importantly, saves lives.

Equipment is key, but highly skilled doctors are indispensable.

An impressive roster of professionals with Southern Indiana Heart & Vascular and Indiana University Health Cardiovascular are prepared to assist with almost any type of heart condition. Dr. Sorin Pusca is our lead cardiothoracic surgeon with the Indiana University Health Cardiovascular team to bring nationally recognized heart surgery available directly in Columbus.

Our broad range of heart care specialists includes Cardiologists, Interventional Cardiologists, Electrophysiologists, Cardiothoracic Surgeons and their support teams.

A wide range of services, unexpectedly close to home.

Cardiac Care

In addition to heart surgery, our Heart & Vascular Center provides non-invasive testing and other emergency heart care treatment. This means things like EKGs, Holter monitoring, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology stress testing, vascular screening, and cardiac catheterization.

The center also offers interventional cardiology procedures—which can include electrophysiology studies, ablation, angioplasty and stenting, as well as the implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators.

The Heart Failure Clinic

Here, specially trained nurses, dietitians, social workers, pharmacists, and doctors help congestive heart failure patients monitor their situation and learn how to improve it.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Services

The comprehensive heart care patients receive at our Heart & Vascular Center includes cardiac rehabilitation. This program is extensive, and is provided by trained nurses and exercise physiologists who are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Vein Treatment

For those suffering from venous insufficiency, our Heart & Vascular Center offers an advanced, minimally invasive laser treatment procedure that can be taken care of quickly.

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How We Compare

In addition to beating the national average door to balloon time by 32 minutes, our team uses a cardiovascular surgery suite that’s equipped with the most advanced heart care technology available. Point-of-care testing capabilities allow us to get lab results in the operating room immediately to make critical decisions faster.

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A regional hospital with some major metropolitan-like advantages.

We are pleased to be among the first hospitals in Indiana to use an all-digital x-ray cardiovascular imaging system. This allows our cardiologists to see your heart more clearly than ever before, and provides for better diagnosis of and treatment for coronary artery disease. (We also use PET/CT imaging for the early diagnosis of heart disease.)

The wide range of our interventional capabilities (tools and techniques that allow us to handle almost any type of heart emergency that arises) is also notable.

CRH is one of only seven hospitals in Indiana to have received accreditation as a National Chest Pain Center.

We first received this national accreditation in 2004, and have once again been designated as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by The Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Standout survival rates, care that merits acknowledgement.

A nationally recognized organization that’s dedicated to improving the care and survival rates for heart failure patients has taken notice of our results. You may not be familiar with The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium, but they deemed our Heart & Vascular Center to be an Accredited Heart Failure Center. We appreciate their recognition, and if you have a heart attack, you might too.

Even our beds are innovative.

After heart surgery, patients are taken to our universal bed cardiovascular unit. This new approach allows you stay in the same room throughout your stay, cared for in the same bed, by the same team.

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Our Heart & Vascular Doctors

Doctor Name Specialties Education Location Gender
Horace Hickman MD
Horace Hickman MD
(317)893-1900
HeartandVascular Indiana University School of Medicine Indiana Heart Physicians
5330 E Stop 11 Road
Indianapolis, IN 46237
Male
Samantha Lucas MD
Samantha Lucas MD
(812)379-2020
HeartandVascular Indiana University School of Medicine Southern Indiana Heart & Vascular
2325 18th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Female
Kevin Preuss MD
Kevin Preuss MD
(812)379-2020
HeartandVascular Medical College of Wisconsin Southern Indiana Heart & Vascular
2325 18th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Male

William Berg MD
(317)715-1800
HeartandVascular University of Illinois School of Medicine Cancer Care Group
6100 West 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46278
Male

Jeffrey Christie MD
(317)893-1900
HeartandVascular Indiana Heart Physicians
5330 E Stop 11 Road
Indianapolis, IN 46237
Male
Arthur Coffey MD
Arthur Coffey MD
(812)376-0555
HeartandVascular Indiana University School of Medicine IU Health Cardiovascular Surgeons
2326 E. 18th Street, Suite 130
Columbus, IN 47201
Male
Mark Stout MD
Mark Stout MD
(812)376-0555
HeartandVascular St. Louis University School of Medicine IU Health Cardiovascular Surgeons
2326 E. 18th Street, Suite 130
Columbus, IN 47201
Male
David Hamilton MD
David Hamilton MD
(812)379-2020
HeartandVascular Miami University / Ohio State University Southern Indiana Heart & Vascular
2325 18th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Male
Nandu Gourineni MD
Nandu Gourineni MD
(812)379-2020
HeartandVascular Gandhi Medical College, India Southern Indiana Heart & Vascular
2325 18th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Male
Jason Christie M.D.
Jason Christie M.D.
(812)372-2245
HeartandVascular University of Louisville School of Medicine Southern Indiana Surgery
2325 18th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Male
 Firas Ghanem MD
Firas Ghanem MD
(812)379-2020
HeartandVascular Tishreen University, Syria Southern Indiana Heart & Vascular
2325 18th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Male
Jose Gabriel Improvola MD
Jose Gabriel Improvola MD
(812)379-2020
HeartandVascular Universidad Nactional de Cordoba, Argentina Southern Indiana Heart & Vascular
2325 18th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Male
Sorin Pusca MD
Sorin Pusca MD
(812)376-0555
HeartandVascular Carol Davila State University, Bucharest IU Health Cardiovascular Surgeons
2326 E. 18th Street, Suite 130
Columbus, IN 47201
Male
John Strobel MD
John Strobel MD
(812)355-6285
HeartandVascular Indiana University School of Medicine Internal Medicine Assocaites
550 Landmark Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47403
Male
Melinda Hunnicutt MD
Melinda Hunnicutt MD
(812)379-2020
HeartandVascular Indiana University School of Medicine Southern Indiana Heart & Vascular
2325 18th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Female
Deon Vigilance MD
Deon Vigilance MD
(812)376-0555
HeartandVascular Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine IU Health Cardiovascular Surgeons
2326 E. 18th Street, Suite 130
Columbus, IN 47201
Male
Jack Boyd MD
Jack Boyd MD
(812)376-0555
HeartandVascular Indiana University School of Medicine IU Health Cardiovascular Surgeons
2326 E. 18th Street, Suite 130
Columbus, IN 47201
Male
Soo Park MD
Soo Park MD
(812)379-2020
HeartandVascular Indiana University School of Medicine Southern Indiana Heart & Vascular
2325 18th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Male
Douglas Roese MD
Douglas Roese MD
(812)372-2245
HeartandVascular Medical College of Georgia Southern Indiana Surgery
2325 18th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Male
David Hart MD
David Hart MD
(812)376-0555
HeartandVascular IU Health Cardiovascular Surgeons
2326 E. 18th Street, Suite 130
Columbus, IN 47201
Male
Mark Hatfield MD
Mark Hatfield MD
(812)379-2020
HeartandVascular Indiana University School of Medicine Southern Indiana Heart & Vascular
2325 18th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Male