Choose a Cardiac Leader
Patients can be referred to the Heart Institute through their personal physician or a cardiologist. Some individuals may even access care through the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) Emergency Center. If you or someone you know would like a physician referral to a member of the Heart Institute medical team, call 800-372-6094. Our dedicated medical staff of experienced physicians, nurses and clinicians will quickly provide the care you need. You may also visit the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland physician provider directory for our most up-to-date listing of SJMO physicians.
Should you or someone you know require a hospital stay, the following information will provide you with some general information about the cardiac care provided.
Specialized Cardiac Nursing Units:
Patients receiving cardiac care at SJMO are treated according to their specific, individual health care needs. There are four unique nursing units designated to care for adult and geriatric patients with a cardiac diagnosis requiring telemetry monitoring. A telemetry monitor is a portable box that, when attached to you, displays your heart rate and rhythm at a central station. Nurses and technicians continuously monitor your heart rate and rhythm and keep your doctor informed regarding your progress.
Patients receive care from SJMO's multi-disciplinary team, consisting of cardiac physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, care managers, patient care associates, pharmacists, and dieticians who collaborate to ensure our patients receive the highest quality care. All of our units offer large, single-patient, private rooms.
Coronary Intensive Care Unit (CICU)/Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Patients receiving heart care at SJMO will be comforted to know that there are two critical care units dedicated to the comprehensive, compassionate care of critically ill patients with primary cardiac diagnosis. Cardiologist, cardiac surgeons, critical care physician intensivists, and critical care nurses with advance training in intensive care staff the new, state-of-the-art 22 bed intensive care unit (ICU), and the 12 bed coronary intensive care unit (CICU). Both units ensure that patients move seamlessly through the hospital, receive continuous monitoring and care, toward a healthy discharge.
Most patients in the CICU are admitted with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), coronary insufficiency, arrhythmia, and congestive heart failure, and into the ICU following cardiac surgery. The care provided by this multidisciplinary team has positively impacted the outcomes of some of the most seriously ill patients.
3-South Post Cardiac Intervention:
This unit specializes in post-cardiac interventional procedures, post-Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) patients from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), arrhythmias, congestive heart failure (CHF) and post-automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD) and pacemaker insertions. Our 20 bed post cardiac intervention unit is located in the new south tower.
3-G Progressive Care Unit
This medical cardiology patient unit specializes in the care of the heart failure population. Our 30 bed Cardiac Telemetry Heart Failure unit is designated to provide quality and efficient care for heart failure patients. Quality measures are reviewed to ensure that all patients receive appropriate and safe care to improve patient outcomes.