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Heart & Vascular Institute

Heart & Vascular InstituteThe most sophisticated and comprehensive heart services in the Ark-La-Tex are available at the Willis-Knighton Heart & Vascular Institute.

Willis-Knighton has been at the forefront of cardiac services and has introduced to the area many of the innovative services now considered “standard of care.” Among our many “firsts” have been stents (included drug-coated stents) and dual chamber pacemaker. In fact, Willis-Knighton performs more heart surgeries, heart catheterizations and angioplasties than any other area hospital. As a result of our innovation, vendors of cardiac equipment programs choose Willis-Knighton to introduce services to patients in the region.

The Heart & Vascular Institute’s main location at 2727 Hearne Avenue is adjacent to Willis-Knighton Medical Center. It includes advanced cardiac catheterization and noninvasive laboratories, a dedicated electrophysiology laboratory, heart hospital and physician offices. The Heart Institute also provides services at WK Bossier Health Center and WK Pierremont Health Center.

Awards & Recognition

CPCWillis-Knighton is pleased to have been recognized for its commitment to exceptional cardiovascular services.

The Accredited Chest Pain Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has recognized Willis-Knighton Medical Center as one of the first hospitals in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center+SM designation in the area of cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program. Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community.

Blue Cross

Blue Distinction® Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction® Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria is displayed on www.bcbs.com. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area. To find out which services and providers (including hospital based physicians) are covered under your policy, or to learn about Local Blue Plan Criteria, contact your Local Blue Plan; and contact your provider before making an appointment to verify its current Network and Blue Distinction Centers status. Each hospital’s Cost Index is calculated separately, based on data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in portions of CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in areas served by two Local Blue Plans, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether all hospitals in these areas must meet Blue Distinction Centers+ national criteria for one or both Cost Index figures. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages, losses, or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers. To find out more, contact your Local Blue Plan.