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.

St. Francis Hospital Fast Facts

St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center® is New York State’s only specialty designated cardiac center and a nationally recognized leader in cardiac care. St. Francis also offers an outstanding program in non-cardiac surgery that employs the most advanced technology and minimally invasive techniques available for vascular, prostate, ear-nose-throat (ENT), abdominal, oncologic, gastrointestinal, and orthopedic surgery.

In 2016, the following procedures were performed:

  • 1,375 open-heart surgeries
  • 4,035 cardiac arrhythmia procedures, including electrophysiology studies, ablations, pacemakers, and implantable defibrillators
  • 11,176 cardiac catheterizations and peripheral vascular procedures, including 3,416 percutaneous coronary interventions (stents and angioplasties)

Unsurpassed Experience

  • In the past 10 years, over 112,000 cardiac catheterizations, 32,000 angioplasties, and 14,000 open-heart surgeries have been performed at St. Francis Hospital.
  • St. Francis has one of the largest cardiac surgical volumes in New York State. Its program has been recognized for its outstanding success rates more times than any other hospital in the New York metropolitan area (NYSDOH).
  • St. Francis physicians performed the largest volume of percutaneous coronary interventions (angioplasties with stents) on Long Island (NYSDOH, 2015).

Acclaimed Clinical Care

  • For the 11th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has recognized St. Francis as one of the best hospitals in America, ranking St. Francis among the top hospitals nationwide for Cardiology & Heart Surgery and also Gastroenterology & GI Surgery. (2017-18)
  • U.S. News also ranked St. Francis the top hospital on Long Island and 5th in New York State. (2017-18)
  • U.S. News also recognized St. Francis as high performing regionally in four adult specialties: Geriatrics, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Pulmonology. (2017-18)
  • Recognized by U.S. News as high performing in eight common adult procedures and conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery; heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD, hip replacement, and lung cancer surgery -- the most for any hospital on Long Island. (2016-17)
  • St. Francis has held the Magnet designation for excellence in nursing care, an honor only awarded to seven percent of U.S. hospitals, for the third time in a row. It is the only hospital in Nassau County to be designated three times. April 2015
  • St. Francis has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for six consecutive years. (2016).
  • The Hospital also received a Get With The Guidelines Gold Quality Achievement Award for Heart Failure care two years in a row (2016).
  • Two critical care units at St. Francis Hospital hold Gold-level Beacon Awards for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (CTICU and SICU). One holds a Silver-level award (MICU 2). 2015-16
  • St. Francis scores highest on Long Island in patient surveys asking “would you definitely recommend your hospital?” (2016 -
  • The NYS Department of Health recognized St. Francis as a Top Performer in three measures aimed at preventing strokes in patients.
  • St. Francis was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review for having one of the best orthopedic programs in the country. (2015)
  • Four St. Francis Hospital medical-surgical units hold the PRISM Award for Nursing Excellence.
  • The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) has given the Beacon Award for Excellence to five nursing units at St. Francis Hospital. Two intensive care units, the CTICU and SICU, hold Gold-level distinctions, as does the Intermediate Care Unit (3E). The Cardiac Cath Lab/Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) and MICU 2 units each hold a Silver-level award. (2016)
  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has designated St. Francis Hospital a nationally accredited surgical weight loss center. (2015)
  • The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons granted Full Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital. (2016)
  • For the tenth time, St. Francis Hospital has received an ‘A’ in a national safety score that rates hospitals on the quality of their care. The letter-based rating system was devised by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that ranks hospitals nationwide. St. Francis was one of only three hospitals in the NY Metro area to receive an “A” and has earned this highest distinction in ten out of 11 times since the safety score’s debut in 2012.

An Innovator in Healthcare

  • St. Francis Hospital is a leader in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and was one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to implant the Medtronic CoreValve.
  • The Hospital was the first on Long Island to use the Diamondback 360 orbital atherectomy, an advanced technique for opening severely calcified coronary arteries, and the first on Long Island to implant the St. Jude Nanostim leadless pacemaker.
  • It was also the first hospital on Long Island to use the OPTISi system to visualize arterial blockages.
  • St. Francis is a recognized national leader in cardiac non-invasive imaging, including cardiac CT scanning, cardiac PET-CT scanning, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI), nuclear imaging, and three-dimensional echocardiography.
  • The Hospital is a premier center for national clinical trials such as: Medtronic CoreValve and EVOLUT Trials, St. Jude Portico Trial, Direct Flow SALUS Trial, Illumien III Optimize PCI Trial, Heart Failure Trials, RELAX, PARAGON, Barostim neo® - Baroreflex Activation Therapy , ABBOTT COAPT- Mitraclip® Trial, Carotid stent trials such as CREST and Gore Scaffold, and the St. Jude Leadless Pacemaker trial.
  • St. Francis is also conducting studies using a full range of state-of-the-art cardiac imaging modalities to examine the underlying mechanisms of heart disease.

Last updated, April 2017