A ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Cardiac Care

By: Courtney Caprara

UPMC leaders and staff recently celebrated the opening of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Mercy. Located in the UPMC Mercy Professional Building, the center provides comprehensive care for patients seeking treatment for a wide variety of cardiovascular conditions, including ischemic and valvular heart disease, lipid disorders, preventive cardiology, hypertension and venous disease.

A team of more than 20 specialists in cardiology, cardiac surgery and vascular surgery now deliver community-based care at UPMC Mercy. They diagnose, treat and manage heart and vascular disease, but also focus on strategies to help patients prevent these diseases from developing.

Keeping with UPMC Mercy’s Catholic heritage, The Rev. Albert Schempp blessed the new space, its clinicians and the patients who come to the hospital seeking treatment. Michael Grace, president of UPMC Mercy, led a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the clinic.

“With this space, we can truly accomplish what the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute is designed to do,” said Dr. Michael Fallert, chief of cardiology at UPMC Mercy. “We house everything our patients need under one roof, and being able to walk down the hall to ask input from a colleague allows for easy collaboration and more effective care.”

The new facility is made up of 20 exam rooms, an area dedicated specifically to telemedicine appointments, and offices for physicians, nurses and administrators. Clinical pharmacists and a dietitian provide onsite patient counseling. Electrophysiologists are also available to evaluate and treat all arrhythmias and provide consultation for possible ablations and implantation of defibrillators or pacemakers.

The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Mercy sees patients Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Patients seeking a cardiology or cardiac surgery appointment can call 412-232-9030, and those seeking vascular surgery appointments can call 412-802-3333. Additional information is available on the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute website.