Atrium Health 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 1980s 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 1980s 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

The vision of Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute is to ensure every patient is offered clinical expertise and an experience of care that is amongst the best in the nation.

Sanger’s new Kenilworth location—a state-of-the-art facility spanning 200,000 square feet adjacent to the main campus of Carolinas Medical Center—provides patients access to the most comprehensive care, ranging from general cardiology to the highest surgical complexity, including adult and pediatric heart transplant programs. With the expansion of Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute’s footprint, patients will have unprecedented access to clinical care and patient programs recognized by industry experts to be among the best of the best, including a state-of-the-art cardiac rehabilitation suite, advanced imaging technologies and clinical research, leading surgical techniques, and a vast range of sub-specialty cardiovascular services.

The new facility and plans for its continued growth reflect Atrium Health’s commitment to providing improved access to specialty heart care for patients across the Charlotte region.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Rodriguez, Director, Atrium Health Foundation, at