Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute, one of this region’s premiere cardiothoracic, cardiac, and vascular programs, is pleased to announce that the first phase of its planned relocation to the Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital campus will be complete by early November. Surgeons, clinicians and care teams will be in place and set to perform their first open heart surgery at St. Mary’s on November 7, 2012.

In April, Carondelet Health Network announced plans to relocate the Institute to the Ministry’s west side campus. The new location provides many advantages for patients and their families including easier access to the Institute from I-10 and I-19, helicopter access for emergent cases, new technologies, and the capability to expand and grow the Ministry’s cardiothoracic surgery program.

Carondelet is investing $17 million to build the Institute’s new home at St. Mary’s Hospital. That work is well underway and construction is expected to be completed by May 2013. “In the meantime,” noted St. Mary’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Amy Beiter, “St. Mary’s is perfectly poised to welcome the Institute’s surgeons, physicians, caregivers and patients this fall.”

“This relocation provides our Ministry the opportunity to combine the efforts of two very strong and highly dedicated teams of caregivers, all committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care and truly excellent experiences,” said Jim Beckmann, President and CEO of Carondelet Health Network. St. Mary’s Hospital was named among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical excellence by HealthGrades® for the past two years and Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute is a previous Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital® for Cardiovascular Care.

The Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Mary’s Hospital will include a dedicated Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, a specially appointed hospital wing with all-private rooms for the care and recovery of cardiovascular patients, inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services, new cardiovascular operating suites, new catheterization labs, electrophysiology, and cardiac testing area. One of the Institute’s most advanced features will be the addition of a hybrid OR, which will allow surgeons and cardiologists to perform the most modern, minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures.

Patients will continue to be cared for at Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute’s River and Stone facility until early November.

About Carondelet Health Network Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to responding to the health, prevention, education, and wellness needs of Southern Arizonans. Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 132 years ago. Carondelet’s Tucson facilities include St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute, and Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Carondelet’s family of services also include nearly two dozen primary and specialty care offices, an ambulatory surgery center, several imaging centers, Hospice and Palliative Care, and a variety of other outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, not-for-profit healthcare system. In Fiscal Year 2012, Carondelet provided more than $52 million in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to healthcare. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at www.carondelet.org.