Heart health is about so much more than a procedure or a medication. It's about compassionate care for you and your loved ones so you can live your best life.
At Providence Spokane Heart Institute, our heart doctors work with you and your primary care doctor to help you feel better, understand your heart condition, make healthy lifestyle changes, and achieve the best possible health for you and your heart.
Providence Spokane Heart Institute is a nationally recognized center of excellence for pediatric and adult heart and vascular care. From heart conditions diagnosed in-utero to heart transplants or cardiac rehabilitation, doctors at the Providence Spokane Heart Institute treat a full range of cardiovascular disease. We have the only heart transplant center and the only adult and teen congenital heart center in the Inland Northwest.
Our integrated approach means your care team – your doctors, nurses, surgeons, therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers, educators and more – works in the same space and regularly communicates to ensure you and your loved ones received the best care. We help you develop a personalized care plan and suggest ways to improve your health.
At Providence Spokane Heart Institute, you can count on exceptional heart care that’s conveniently close. Our doctors provide personal screening and risk assessment, including guidance about how to lower your risk of heart disease. We provide comprehensive care, ranging from diagnosis and minimally invasive therapies to advanced procedures such as open heart surgery and heart transplants.
Melissa was born with congenital heart disease and had her first heart surgery at Providence at four weeks old. After eight surgeries, Melissa made it to her mid-20s and was ready to have children. Working with her cardiologist, she underwent a series of procedures to ensure her heart was strong enough for pregnancy. After two children 12 months apart, her heart’s condition was impacted. Working with her cardiologist, and after waiting several years, she and her husband decided to have one more child – and were surprised with twins.
Just after his 50th birthday, Brian got sick. That virus destroyed his heart, and Brian’s heart was too weak to enjoy cycling and golfing – two of his favorite activities. Brian needed a heart transplant. After just two weeks on the transplant list, the transplant team found a heart for Brian. One year after his heart transplant, Brian is thrilled. “Getting to see my son grow up with a wonderful life, it’s just very joyous. And I’m able to get to living, which I haven’t done in a few years.
A World War II veteran, Don’s always been active. Even at 100, he would regularly walk on his treadmill. He started experiencing shortness of breath and was diagnosed with a narrowing aortic heart value. Because of advances in heart medicine, Don was able to be treated with a minimally invasive procedure known as TAVR. A decade ago, repair for his condition would have required open heart surgery, something Don may not have qualified for at his age. Today, Don’s been inspiring his cardiac rehab classmates at Providence St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Medical Center. “Don’s become quite the little celebrity around here,” says Rawnie Oehler, his exercise physiologist.
Greg had a heart arrhythmia (an improper heartbeat) that led to heart failure. He came to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center within days of death. The Heart Institute care team went into action but his heart was failing. “His heart was absolutely dying; there was no salvaging it,” said his surgeon Dr. Cristy Smith, who opted to remove Greg’s heart for a total artificial heart – an external pump that performs the functions his heart muscle once did. He’s one of only 10 patients in the U.S. with a total artificial heart. “I’m just grateful that I live in Spokane where they were able to do this,” says Greg.
The Providence Spokane Heart Institute has been pioneering heart care for nearly 70 years. We continue our pioneering heritage today, accelerating research and innovation that benefits our patients and providers. Our cardiovascular doctors and researchers support and sponsor original research projects and connect patients with appropriate clinical trials. It’s an important step toward advancing the science of medicine and improving care for heart conditions.
Working across specialties, our doctors and scientists are investigating new treatments in cardiology and cardiothoracic (heart, chest and lung) surgery. Every day, we learn more about how the heart works and ways to help prevent or treat heart disease. That translates to better care – and a better life – for you and your loved ones.
With nearly 80 board-certified heart and vascular physicians and credentialed advanced practice providers, more cardiovascular procedures are performed at Providence Spokane Heart Institute than any other hospital in Washington state.
Our integrated care teams work together to provide the right care for your heart condition. Those care providers include:
- Cardiac rehabilitation nurse
- Cardiothoracic surgeons
- Cardiovascular surgeons
- Cardiovascular technicians
- Clinical care coordinator
- Exercise specialists
- Financial counselors
- Interventional cardiologists
- Interventional radiologists
- Nurse educators
- Nurse practitioners
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Physician assistants
- Registered dietitians
- Registered nurses
- Respiratory therapists
- Social workers
- Structural heart coordinators
There are many ways to reduce your risk of heart disease, improve your health and feel a little better every day. We encourage you to talk with your care team at Providence Spokane Heart Institute to learn more about your condition. You can also find additional educational materials and heart-health resources from the American Heart Association at heart.org.
To refer patients to any of the clinics or centers within the Providence Spokane Heart Institute, you can contact the location directly or call the Clinical Institute's Patient & Provider Engagement Center at 844-552-2734.
Providence heart doctors coordinate care among specialists, including vascular (blood vessel), thoracic (lungs and chest) specialists and others, such as pediatric heart specialists.