First Dedicated Heart and Vascular Hospital in the Nation’s Capital
The Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital opened July 2016 on the campus of MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
State-of-the-Art Facility for a Nationally Recognized Cardiovascular Program
The Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital is a 164-bed state-of-the-art facility, which will be the cornerstone of the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute and will advance cardiovascular care for patients throughout the Washington and mid-Atlantic regions.
The four-story, 160,000-square-foot facility centralized all cardiovascular services in the Hospital Center’s North Addition. The new space ushers in a new model of care and patient experience. Patients with similar medical conditions are cared for on designated specialty-care units that have dedicated teams of cardiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons, nurse practitioners and nurses, to collaboratively deliver the highest quality cardiovascular care and achieve the best patient outcomes.
Increased critical care capacity was an important linchpin in the new design of the heart and vascular hospital. The 44-bed cardiac intensive care unit on the second floor was built to meet the increasingly complex needs of patients from all over the region. The ICU rooms are much larger, with wider doorways facilitating access for team members and advanced equipment to the bedside. Each ICU room is equipped with ceiling-mounted booms carrying medical gases, and electric and data outlets, offering greater flexibility and providing clinicians unrestricted access to the patient from all four sides of the bed.
Construction of the Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital took three years to complete and was divided into four phases. In January 2015, a 60-bed inpatient unit opened to patients on the fourth floor of the hospital, followed by the third floor inpatient unit. The first floor, with a separate entrance and lobby, opened in December and is solely dedicated to outpatient care. The second floor cardiac ICU, the final phase of construction, opened July 2016.
The Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital was named to recognize long-time Washingtonians Nancy and Harold Zirkin for their generosity and extraordinary philanthropic support to the heart and vascular hospital. Their $10 million leadership gift is the largest single contribution in the history of MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Health.
Nationally Recognized Patient Care
MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s heart and vascular program is recognized as one of the most prominent in the country and it receives the highest rating for its cardiac surgery program by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute was founded at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and its physicians have a record of nationally ranked excellence. They are known for their research and innovation that advances heart care, ensuring the latest treatment options are available for our patients. Our physicians specialize in treating a wide range of heart and vascular conditions, and they have extensive experience diagnosing and treating advanced and complex cases.
Your personalized treatment plan may include a state-of-the-art procedure, and our specialists are often the first in the region to implement this new technology. Our physicians were pioneers in the development of the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) that supports diseased or damaged heart muscle and can be used as a bridge to heart transplantation; transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive option for patients too ill to undergo open surgery; and more recently, the Watchman™ procedure, a minimally invasive surgical treatment for atrial fibrillation.
Vascular and cardiac surgeons work side by side as a team on complex aortic cases, thus providing patients the best possible outcomes. As a leading cardiovascular research center, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute participates in many regional and national clinical trials, so we can provide you with the most advanced treatment choices.
Network of Partnership
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is an integral part of MedStar Health, a health system that includes 6,000 affiliated physicians. Our cardiac specialists are located at 10 MedStar Health hospitals, as well as physicians' offices throughout the greater Washington, D.C. and Central Maryland regions.
This network of cardiac specialists will work together, as well as with other specialists throughout MedStar Health, to ensure they provide you with the care that will produce the best possible outcome. Working together as a team, our physicians are dedicated to providing the right level of care, at the right place and at the right time for all of our patients.
Cleveland Clinic Alliance
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute has developed a strong clinical and research alliance with the world-renowned Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic, the nation’s #1 heart program.
What does this alliance mean for you? "It means even better heart care," says Cardiac Surgeon Paul J. Corso, MD. "We treat more patients in almost every category of cardiac care than anyone else in the region. Together we have seen it all—we have experienced it all. And research shows that more experience yields better outcomes."