Heart and Vascular Program:  Ushering in A New Era In Heart Care

On February 14, 2008, the cardiac catheterization lab at The Villages® Hospital opened, marking a new era in the hospital’s history.  Today, we celebrate the achievement of yet another milestone with the current expansion of a new state-of-the-art heart and vascular program at the hospital.  This milestone demonstrates the hospital’s ongoing commitment to fighting heart disease, which remains the nation’s leading cause of death for men and women.

“The new heart and vascular program will introduce a comprehensive cardiovascular initiative, combining the expertise of our talented physicians and clinical team to provide a full spectrum of cardiovascular medicine,” reports Heather B. Long, MSN, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UF Health Central Florida Health.  She continues, “This includes electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, vascular surgery and cardiac rehabilitation all under one roof, close to home.”

From prevention and wellness to laboratory testing, diagnostics, and the most comprehensive treatment available in the region, the heart and vascular program will combine top-notch expertise care, research and education to continue to deliver upon our mission to improve the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities we serve.

We need your help to continue to provide leading-edge cardiac care to The Villages community.  Gifts from people like you empower us to fulfill this mission.  By making a gift to the cardiovascular initiative, you can help us to provide our patients with the most advanced and compassionate cardiac care. 

The Foundation’s efforts to raise funds for the project got a boost when donors John and Beth Bondurant expressed that they would like to make $75,000 available for the purpose of matching donations from first-time givers to the Foundation. 

To learn more or to make a donation, visit and select DONATE now.  Please designate your gift to the new heart and vascular program.