With more than 90 physicians and 25 care locations in the Carolinas, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute is the region’s most comprehensive and experienced cardiovascular institute, and has been providing expert cardiovascular care for more than 50 years.

Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute is uniquely positioned as a leader in the future of cardiovascular medicine. By breaking away from an old-fashioned model of categorized healthcare, the comprehensive and integrated physician and clinical teams work directly with each patient and collaborate among sub-specialties on the most appropriate treatment options to ensure patients are not only receiving the highest quality cardiovascular care, but the right care.

Opportunities for Giving

Initiated in the mid 1980’s at the time of the inception of the Heart Institute, this fund supports capital improvements, programs, and patient education within Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute.

Using the donation form linked above, you may also designate your gift to any of the following areas of cardiovascular care within Atrium Health, including the pediatric congenital heart program at Levine Children’s.

1. Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute Fund: Initiated in the mid 1980’s at the time of the inception of the Heart Institute, this fund supports capital improvements, programs, and patient education within Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute.

2. The Francis Robicsek, MD, PhD, Cardiovascular Surgery Fund: The Francis Robicsek, MD, PhD Cardiovascular Surgery Fund supports Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute research projects, international medical programs, seminars, or conferences, visiting lecturers, resident and fellow research initiatives, and other physician educational opportunities.

3. Carolinas Cardiovascular Health & Rehabilitation Fund: This fund enables Atrium  Health to sustain the growth and development of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program while expanding the scope of its cardiovascular health research programs. In addition, the Fund supports specialized education opportunities for caregivers and advances the growth of community education programs conducted by Atrium Health.

4. The HEARTest Yard Fund: This fund provides support for the HEARTest Yard initiative, which is a collaboration between the Greg Olsen Foundation and Levine Children’s designed to make the transition from the hospital to the home much easier for families of children affected by congenital heart disease.

5. Nalibotsky Family Heart Transplant Fund: Established by the family of heart transplant patient Philip Nalibotsky in 2003, this fund supports education and patient outreach activities to advance Atrium Health’s heart transplant program.

6. Partnership for Pediatric Hearts Fund: The Partnership for Pediatric Hearts Fund supports pediatric cardiovascular services and the pediatric congenital heart program at Levine Children’s Hospital.

Leading-edge care

  • Physicians at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute helped develop Atrium Health Chest Pain Network, which has nine accredited chest pain networks working jointly to provide heart attack patients with better, faster care.
  • Atrium Health’s average door-to-balloon (DTB) time is 18 minutes faster than the national average, and Carolinas Medical Center is ranked in the top 1-2% of hospitals in the nation for heart-attack care.
  • Sanger has the region’s only heart transplant program, with outcomes that rank among the best in the nation.
  • Sanger is a leader in innovation, and was the first in the world to implant a branched stent graft designed for the repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms, in addition to implanting the first total artificial heart in the region.
  • In response to healthcare reform and a stronger emphasis being placed on heart failure readmission rates, the heart failure team at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute created Heart Success, a system-wide initiative and phased plan developed in response to the recognized need to standardize and optimize the care of the heart failure patients
    • In just the first two months of operation, more than 90 patients were introduced to the Heart Success program by the patient navigator. Without this program, these patients would have been discharged from the hospital with no knowledge of resources available to them at Atrium Health