Cone Health Announces Major Expansion of Heart & Vascular Care
The projects build on decades of cardiovascular innovation and excellence.
Greensboro – New treatment areas with the latest technology and a stronger emphasis on disease prevention, rehabilitation and community wellness are some of the features of a heart and vascular expansion at Cone Health. The projects announced today will create and renovate more than 260,000 sq. ft. of heart and vascular facilities, ensuring the continuation of Cone Health’s nationally leading cardiovascular care over decades.
Artist conception of Moses Cone Hospital tower
Cone Health heart and vascular physicians provided more than 83,000 patient appointments last year. That number is projected to grow by more than one thousand a year over the next decade. “With heart disease being the second leading cause of death in North Carolina, nearly everyone in the areas Cone Health serves is touched by cardiovascular disease,” points out Cone Health Board of Trustees Chair Mae Douglas. “These investments insure we have the facilities and the expertise so that people live longer, fuller lives even after a cardiovascular diagnosis.”
“Today’s investments ensure the continuation of national leading heart and vascular care over decades for the communities we proudly serve,” says Cone Health CEO Dr. Mary Jo Cagle. “Remarkable physicians and care teams are providing some of the best heart and vascular care in the country every day, right here in the Triad.”
The expansion of the Cone Health Heart & Vascular Center features a new 156,000 sq. ft., five-story heart and vascular outpatient tower purposefully located on The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital campus. The project also includes 37,000 sq. ft. of new and renovated space inside the hospital to ensure the most specialized and coordinated care possible. A 775-space parking deck to improve access and convenience for heart and vascular patients is also part
Artist conception of Alamance Regional Heart Center entrance
of the investment. The effort comes on top of a recently announced expansion at Alamance Regional Medical Center that will enhance heart and vascular care in the Burlington area with 63,000 sq. ft. of new and renovated space.
“As we build on Cone Health’s legacy of innovation and excellence in heart and vascular care, our aim is to be the very best, not only in treating heart and vascular disease, but also in preventing it and sustaining wellness for our patients after treatment,” says Cone Health’s Heart & Vascular Service Line Chief Dr. Jake Hochrein.
Another aspect of the expansion of care is a new cardiopulmonary rehabilitation center. The facility will help people recover from and lead better lives with heart disease. It will use technology to allow people to organize into groups and keep their recovery going from home. Prevention and slowing the progression of heart disease will be an important aspect of the center. For example, it will feature a hands-on kitchen that will help patients and their families prepare healthier meals based on a variety of cuisines from regional to international.
Although total investment is to be determined, philanthropic support from the community is essential.
"This is a true community effort, and we are grateful to longtime supporters like Norman and Sylvia Samet," Cagle adds. "The Samet family has made a transformational gift of $3 million to support our expansion of heart and vascular services. Their philanthropic support, and that of others, will help us forge a bold future in heart and vascular care. We know that with community support and this legacy gift from the Samets we can make it happen.”
“The nationally leading caliber of heart and vascular care in our community is a tremendous asset that deserves our full support and partnership,” says Cone Health Heart & Vascular Center Advisory Board Chair Kevin Baker. “The Cone Health Heart & Vascular Advisory Board salutes Norman and Sylvia Samet for their exemplary generosity in supporting care innovation for our community. We invite you to join us and be a part of accelerating heart and vascular care innovation that will serve your family, friends and neighbors for generations.”
A fact sheet about Cone Health’s major investments in heart and vascular care, including groundbreaking and completion dates, is available here.