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Cardiothoracic Program

Open-Heart Surgery is Coming to Chesapeake!

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare has received COPN approval to bring open-heart surgery to our community. We have added a state-of-the-art cardiothoracic operating room and will perform our first surgery in early 2024.

Building A World Class Program

As we build a high-quality, innovative program for southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina, we are in search of the best surgeons, ICU and OR nurses, Surgical Techs, Surgical Assistants and Clinical Coordinators. Together, they will work to develop a comprehensive cardiothoracic program that will alleviate travel difficulties and delays in care currently experienced by our patients.

Our goal is to create an open-heart surgery program where cardiologists meet with surgeons to discuss the best care pathways for patients. Using the universal bed model, an innovative care delivery system, patient care will be managed in one setting, from post-operation to discharge. This care model will enable providers to practice the highest standards of care using established, evidence-based protocols while significantly improving the patient experience.

We are community focused

We believe our community deserves timely access to life-saving services closer to home. Through our research and work with community partners, it became clear that the lack of cardiothoracic care is an issue significantly affecting our area. Chesapeake experiences higher rates of cardiac disease than the statewide average and as the surrounding cities continue to grow, and age, more people will need access to cardiothoracic services. 

Our Existing Cardiovascular Services

Chesapeake Regional has extensive, award-winning cardiovascular services with top ratings for clinical excellence. We have the world’s first fully robotic cardiac catheterization lab, first nationally accredited chest pain center and the best heart attack survival rate in Hampton Roads, according to recently published Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reports.* Cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists will work in tandem to offer more advanced and minimally invasive procedures for patients.