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.

EVP & Chief Administrative Officer’s Welcome

Welcome to St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, where your health and well-being are our primary concerns. We have prepared this booklet to familiarize you with the Hospital and the many specialized facilities and services available to you during your stay. We recommend that a family member also review this guide and that you keep it nearby on your bedside table.

If you have any questions not answered here or would like more information about anything relating to your hospital stay, please ask your nurse or call a representative of the Patient Relations Department at extension 6113. St. Francis is New York State’s only specialty-designated cardiac center and has a growing reputation in many noncardiac specialties. U.S. News & World Report has ranked St. Francis one of the best hospitals in the nation in cardiology and heart surgery, ear-nose-throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. U.S. News has also ranked St. Francis among the best hospitals regionally in cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; and nephrology.

Our doctors, Magnet award-winning nurses, and professional staff are committed to providing you with the finest medical care possible. We understand that no one really wants to be in a hospital. Our staff will work hard to make your stay as comfortable as possible and to care for your total needs as a patient—medical, emotional, and spiritual. Please know that our Pastoral Care Department, staffed by chaplains and clergy of many faiths, and volunteers, is available to you.

Be assured that you have the best wishes of the St. Francis Hospital community for your return to good health.


Ruth E. Hennessey
Executive Vice President &
Chief Administrative Officer


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