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Heart and Thoracic Surgery

Quality Matters

Since 1988, thousands of Minnesotans have received unparalleled care from heart surgeons at CentraCare’s Heart & Vascular Center, allowing them to get back to normal activities quickly with a more healthy heart.

Why Choose CentraCare For Your Heart Surgery?

Quality Outcomes

In 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center 35th in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery.

In 2018, our program received the top rating from Consumer Reports for open heart surgery, which includes heart bypass and aortic valve replacement. CentraCare earned the highest rating in both areas, becoming the only hospital in the Midwest to earn top scores in both categories. The program was one of only 18 hospitals nationwide to earn this distinction.

Range of Services

Our heart program covers a range of services, including:

  • Surgical consultation
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG)
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Thoracic aneurysm repair
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Featured Patient Story

Bryant B's Story Heart & Thoracic Surgery Patient Story
"Running a half marathon is challenging. Running it after experiencing a near-fatal heart condition and being placed on a heart transplant list is a whole different story."
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