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St. Vincent’s invests $55 Million to create new Heart & Vascular Pavilion in Riverside

Tuesday, November 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Contact: Kyle Sieg


Jacksonville, FL (November 14, 2017) ­– St. Vincent’s HealthCare is investing $55 million to create a new heart and vascular pavilion at St. Vincent’s Riverside. It will be located along the river, on King Street, where Seton Hall previously stood. The project is currently in the design phase. St. Vincent’s is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

“Our new heart and vascular pavilion is an investment in those we serve and another great example of how we’re able to synergize and leverage the combined strength, resources, and expertise of our local physicians and ministry with those of our colleagues across Ascension, the nation’s leading nonprofit health system,” said Tom VanOsdol, president and CEO of St. Vincent’s HealthCare. “This project will enable us to even more comprehensively and holistically meet our community’s health needs at the right place, time, and value, with readily available convenient access to state-of-the-art, market-leading care.”

The pavilion will include 30 medical and surgical rooms and 30 intensive care rooms, but will primarily be used for heart and vascular needs, including two nursing units devoted to caring for patients who undergo open-heart surgeries and other cardiovascular procedures.

“We have a tradition of innovation in local cardiac care that goes back nearly 60 years, when one of the first heart surgeons at St. Vincent’s performed the city’s first open-heart surgery. More recently, our Structural Heart program was the first in Northeast Florida to offer the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure,” said St. Vincent’s interventional cardiologist Dr. Samer Garas. “This investment in our infrastructure will help us continue this tradition of innovative cardiology excellence, which ultimately results in better outcomes, less pain, and shorter recoveries for many of our patients.”

Groundbreaking on the new heart and vascular pavilion is scheduled for summer 2018 with a projected opening in the fall of 2019. To learn more about St. Vincent’s Cardiology, visit



About St. Vincent’s HealthCare

In Jacksonville, Florida, Ascension’s St. Vincent’s HealthCare operates three hospitals in addition to dozens of healthcare facilities and employs more than 5,000 associates. Across the region, St. Vincent’s provided more than $75 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Jacksonville for over 130 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Visit