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.

Nursing Careers

St. Francis Hospital is the only hospital in Nassau County to hold the coveted Magnet Award for excellence in nursing care.

Our Philosophy of Nursing

The Philosophy of Nursing at St. Francis Hospital stems from a commitment to excellence in patient care based upon the principles of Christian Charity, nursing theory, and scientific knowledge. The professional nurse is dedicated to total patient care, assessing and meeting the needs of the individual patient in ways that are appropriate to the person and his or her situation. The nurse strives to restore the individual to his or her optimal level of function and well-being, promote good health practices, identify potential problems, and prevent further illness. This commitment is also concerned with respecting the terminally ill patient’s right to die with dignity.

Nursing at St. Francis is always patient centered, and patient independence is fostered with both the patient and family actively participating in the planning and administration of care. Nursing is an ongoing process of vital importance in the continuum of care, which reaches beyond the hospital in restoring the patient to the community.


As a member of the health care team, the professional nurse unifies and coordinates inter-departmental patient services and functions as a role model to this team in the practice of nursing diagnosis and intervention. The nurse keeps abreast of new trends and concepts within the profession through continuing education and is expected to innovate, initiate and effect change.

Registered Nurses at St. Francis

The Registered Nurses at St. Francis Hospital set the standards for excellence with collaborative, patient-centered care practice models, and evidence-based nursing practice across a wide range of clinical practice areas. Clinical Nurse Managers and Clinical Nurse Specialists participate in a variety of interdisciplinary committees that focus on patient safety, patient satisfaction and excellence in patient care. Clinical Nurses also participate in Shared Governance.

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St. Francis is the top ranked hospital on Long Island for heart care