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.


Volunteering at St. Francis is a wonderful way to give back to a Hospital that may have helped you or a loved one, and to apply your special talents while making a positive impact on the community. Volunteer groups include:

Hospital Volunteers


Adults and teens (at least 15 years-old by January 1) give of their time and their talents to further the mission of St. Francis Hospital and help its patients and staff. They assist in transporting patients, delivering flowers, distributing menus and newspapers, and in many other important support functions.

For more information on volunteering at St. Francis Hospital, please call the Director of Volunteer Services at (516) 562-6105.

Brave Hearts

The Brave Hearts of St. Francis are a group of the Hospital’s former open-heart surgery patients who offer support and assistance to current heart patients. Brave Hearts visit with patients to deliver membership certificates and lend an experienced view of recovery. They also staff a telephone support line for recently discharged patients. Members of the group publish a monthly newsletter, coordinate several day trips throughout the year, and support one another in their post-operative experiences.

See our monthly newsletter. For more information on the Brave Hearts, please call (516) 562-6785.

The Guild of St. Francis Hospital


The Guild of St. Francis Hospital is an auxiliary organization that hosts fundraising events in support of the Hospital. It was established in 1941 by active women in the community interested in supporting their local cardiac center. The Guild has grown by several thousand members and is led by a Board of Directors. Members of the Guild may also volunteer to serve on committees for their annual events, which include:

  • Heart-to-Heart Tea
  • Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show
  • Fall Luncheon
  • Annual Holiday Reception
  • Tree of Lights

For information on becoming a member of the Guild or to receive an invitation to their next special event, please call (516) 629-2048.

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