University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

The University of Chicago Medicine will open its new Heart and Vascular Imaging Center (HVIC) on February 8.

Located on the fifth floor of the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM), the state-of-the-art facility will provide patients greater access to services performed by world-renowned experts in cardiology, radiology and vascular care.

Features include 16 imaging rooms, five stress test rooms, five recovery bays, three nuclear cameras, two echocardiograms (EKG) rooms, and a procedure room.

The HVIC is just one of many developments that UChicago Medicine will implement to support the work of the Heart and Vascular Center. Launched in February 2015, the Heart and Vascular Center combines clinical specialties in a highly coordinated setting to meet the growing needs of patients seeking cardiovascular care.

"It is imperative that our patients receive the most advanced treatment options in a setting that focuses on enhancing care coordination and the patient experience," said Erin Shaffer, executive director of UChicago Medicine's Heart and Vascular Center. "Locating the imaging center on the fifth floors with the other cardiovascular services will be more efficient for patient care, and it will foster innovation and collaboration among physicians."

UChicago Medicine's progressive cardiovascular techniques have been utilized around the country and the world. It is home to Illinois's largest heart transplant program (the second largest in the Midwest), a nationally known program for the placement and management of ventricular-assist devices, one of the nation's most comprehensive programs using robotic surgery for cardiovascular operations and a nationally acclaimed program in bloodless cardio surgery and cardiovascular imaging.

The Heart and Vascular Center will also care for patients on the fourth floor of the Center for Care and Discovery (CCD) when construction is completed later this year.

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