Carondelet Health Network Renames Area’s Only Specialty Heart Hospital

TUCSON, Ariz. – (Oct. 6, 2010) – Carondelet Health Network announced today that it has changed the name of Tucson Heart Hospital to Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute. The renaming is a direct effort to raise community awareness about the connection between this specialty cardiovascular care facility and the other member hospitals within Carondelet Health Network, including Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital and Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Tucson Heart Hospital joined Carondelet Health Network in 2006.

“The word ‘institute’ was chosen for a number of reasons. Healthcare in America is changing, and health care providers are expanding their view far beyond merely treating the sick to a focus on prevention, education, wellness, research and rehabilitation,” notes Odette Bolano, RN, MHA, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer of Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute. “This new name helps showcase Carondelet’s commitment to all those aspects of care, as well as our comprehensive, network-wide heart and vascular program.”

Opened by a team of forward-thinking physicians in 1997, Tucson Heart Hospital was considered a revolutionary approach to healthcare when it became Southern Arizona’s first and only freestanding facility dedicated to the care of heart and vascular illness. Today, the newly named Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute has 60 all-private patient rooms and is designated as a Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital for Cardiovascular Care. It is one of only three Accredited Chest Pain Centers in Southern Arizona and has also been designated by the Arizona Department of Health Services as a Cardiac Arrest Center. 

Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute offers many modern answers to surgical needs -- including minimally invasive cardiac surgery, off-pump heart bypass and minimally invasive treatments for aortic aneurisms, Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), and blocked arteries throughout the body. In addition, the Institute has a new electrophysiology lab under construction that will offer patients atrial fibrillation ablation.

Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute is also home to a HeartSaver CT, one of the quickest and easiest screening methods available in the detection of heart disease. A HeartSaver CT scan may aid in early detection years before a person shows any symptoms.

“We strive to provide the very best in heart and vascular care for our community and this region of our state. At Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute, we will continue that focus with the help of our incredibly talented and dedicated physicians, associates and care teams,” adds Bolano.

Carondelet Health Network, located in Tucson, Arizona, is a Catholic, nonprofit health care system dedicated to responding to the health care needs of Southern Arizonans. With a Mission to Heal, Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 130 years ago. Carondelet Health Network facilities include Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital and Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute in Tucson, as well as Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Other Carondelet services include 17 Carondelet Medical Group primary care locations, an ambulatory surgery center and various outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, nonprofit health care system. In Fiscal Year 2009, Carondelet provided over $43 million (8.1 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to health care. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at