Open Heart Recovery

Tim Mertz and his family faced one of the most stressful times of their lives when his mother needed open-heart surgery. Their worries were put to rest the moment she was brought to the open-heart recovery unit at St. Vincent’s Riverside. Dedicated open-heart recovery nurses brought his mother back to health with the same expertise and care Tim and his family had come to expect from St. Vincent’s. 

Leading the Way in Open-Heart Care

When you need major open-heart surgery, rely on the region’s most experienced surgeons. Our team performs more than 600 open-heart surgeries per year at St. Vincent’s Riverside—more than any other hospital in the city.

In fact, we were the first hospital to perform open-heart surgery in Jacksonville. Of all adult open-heart surgeries performed in Jacksonville, approximately 30 percent happen at St. Vincent’s Riverside.

The Only Open-Heart Unit in Jacksonville

Open-heart surgery is one of the most intensive procedures you can experience. Naturally, your body requires a great deal of monitoring and care to make a full recovery. That’s exactly what you’ll receive at Jacksonville’s only open-heart recovery unit at St. Vincent’s Riverside.

This is a dedicated unit where highly specialized nurses only take care of open-heart patients and their families. Each nurse collaborates with your surgeon, anesthesiologist and surgical team to ensure you have a seamless transition to open-heart progressive care. And no matter how long you or your loved one is in our recovery unit, your entire family will always be kept in the loop, including regular communication throughout surgery.

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