Welcome to the Cardiac Fitness Center of St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center - the only hospital-based program of its kind on Long Island.

The center is located on the park-like grounds of The DeMatteis Center for Cardiac Research and Education in Greenvale.

Located just off Northern Boulevard, its serene setting offers plenty of convenient and accessible parking.

Our popular fitness center enjoys more than 60,000 visits a year and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Visitors are greeted by our friendly staff to make sure every exercise session feels like a welcome visit.

All of our cardiac fitness programs are medically supervised by a doctor, registered nurses and other healthcare professionals, who are always on site.

Our award-winning center is equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

The workout circuit includes bicycles, treadmills, weight lifting stations and an indoor walking track.

All patients are prescreened for an appropriate fitness plan to ensure all of their cardiac needs are met.

Everyone is continually monitored for their progress by our highly dedicated staff.

For more information on how you can step up to better health and how we can help, call (516) 629-2040.


Welcome from the Chief
badillo As Chief of the Department of Urology, I would like to welcome you to St. Francis Hospital. I am proud to inform you that St. Francis is not only the leading institution in cardiac care, but also urological care. The department has the latest technology such as the green light laser, da Vinci surgical robotic system as well as cryoablative treatment for tumors of the urinary tract.

- Felix L. Badillo, M.D., Chief of Urology
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Urology - An Overview

The Urology Department at St. Francis Hospital provides leading edge treatment of benign and malignant disease of the prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular and adrenal glands. Our department consists of urologists certified by the American Urological Association.

Several of our urologists have an expertise in robotic surgery, which allows them to utilize non-invasive techniques to minimize the physical and emotional impact of surgery on patients.

St. Francis surgeons recently introduced the da Vinci Surgical System for performing prostate surgery. Our Chief of Urology, Felix Badillo, M.D., who specializes in minimally invasive procedures and has performed more laparoscopic kidney surgeries than any other surgeon on Long Island, is leading the da Vinci initiative at St. Francis Hospital.

Our doctors also specialize in renal cell cancer, the most common type of kidney cancer that accounts for more than 90% of malignant kidney tumors. It is important to realize that kidney cancer can be cured. The survival rate for patients with kidney cancer ranges from 79% to 100%. More than 100,000 survivors of kidney cancer are alive in the United States.

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Conditions Treated

  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Urinary tract cancer
  • Testicular disease
  • Adrenal gland disease
  • Benign disease of prostate
  • Bladder disease
  • Bladder/urethral incontinence

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Key Treatments

The da Vinci Radical Prostatectomy

A series of small surgical incisions are made through the use of robotics. This technique offers significant benefits over traditional prostate surgery, including less pain and scarring, less risk of infection and blood loss, and faster recovery and shorter hospital stays.

Laparoscopic Removal of Kidney

Laparoscopic surgery provides the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, with a shorter hospital stay, less blood loss and a quicker recovery from surgery.

Cryoablation for Treatment of Kidney Cancer

Cryoablation (cryptotherapy) is a surgical technique that destroys tumors by freezing them. Through the use of highly specialized cooling rods, the cells of the tumors are frozen, starting at the center of the lesion. Vital structures such as blood vessels are not disturbed by the freezing process. Cryoablation is an excellent tool for urologists to use for the treatment of certain kidney tumors. Paired with laparoscopic surgery, cryoablation makes treatment of small to medium sized renal masses less invasive. This translates into shorter hospital stays and less significant complications without compromising treatment efficacy.

Green Light Laser Technology for Benign Disease of the Prostate

The green light laser vaporization of the prostate exceeds the benefits of the traditional transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), while minimizing the risks. It is most often done on an outpatient basis and usually does not require catheterization following the procedure. Additional benefits include lower risk of significant bleeding and other potential complications previously seen with TURP. Moreover, patients can safely have this procedure while still on certain types of anticoagulants.

Incontinence in Women

St. Francis Hospital performs operations such as the TVT and sling for the correction of bladder/urethral incontinence.

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