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.

Career Development

St. Francis Hospital provides its nursing staff with ongoing formal education programs that develop clinical expertise, leadership skills and opportunities for career advancement within the organization, such as:

  • Fundamentals of Critical Care Course
  • Ongoing continuing education
  • On-site BLS/ACLS/PALS classes
  • BSN/MSN Cohort Programs
  • Preceptor classes
  • New Manager Orientation
  • Essential Management Skills Workshops

Clinical Practice Opportunities

St. Francis Hospital nurses can concentrate their practice in one or more of the following clinical areas:


Critical Care Nursing

  • CCU
  • RICU

Emergency Department

Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Preoperative Nursing

  • Operating Rooms (cardiac, vascular, orthopedic, robotic, general surgery)
  • PACU
  • Endoscopy


  • Radiology
  • Non-Invasive
  • Electrophysiology

Women's Center

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Congestive Heart Failure Program
  • Research

Care Management/Performance Improvement

  • Care Manager
  • Performance Improvement
  • Appeals Managers
  • Clinical Documentation
  • Legal Department
  • Risk Management

Nursing Education/Advance Practice Nursing

  • Nurse Educator
  • Patient Educator
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • OR Educator
  • Nurse Practitioner