Saint Joseph, site of Central Kentucky's first open heart surgery in 1959, remains at the forefront of cardiovascular care among regional hospitals. Each year, The Heart Institute performs over 1,100 open-heart procedures - more than any other hospital in Kentucky.
Our innovative cardiologists and nationally renowned cardiothoracic surgeons have helped establish Saint Joseph at Central Kentucky's pioneering heart care center. Our groundbreaking legacy includes Lexington's first heart catheterization lab, first open-heart surgery, first balloon angioplasty and first Chest Pain Emergency Center.
1954 - The FIRST heart catheterization in Central Kentucky is performed at Saint Joseph Hospital.
1959 - The FIRST open heart surgery in Central Kentucky is performed at Saint Joseph Hospital.
1989 - Saint Joseph Heart Institute becomes a reality.
1992 - Lexington's FIRST Chest Pain Emergency Center opens.
1994 - Saint Joseph Hospital is the FIRST hospital in the state to conduct a new heart procedure using the Palmaz-SchatzTM stent.
1994 - The Saint Joseph Heart Institute is the FIRST in Lexington to perform a new heart procedure using the RotaBlatorTM device.
1997 - The Saint Joseph Heart Institute introduces the FIRST Batista heart procedure to the Lexington area.
2000 - The Saint Joseph Heart Institute is named Lexington's highest rated heart hospital by HealthGrades, a nationally recognized health care ratings company.
2001 - The Saint Joseph Heart Institute is named as a Top 100 Hospital in Cardiac Care by Solucient.
2002 - The Saint Joseph Heart Institute is named one of the nation's Top 50 Hospitals for Heart and Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Saint Joseph Hospital is the only hospital in the state of Kentucky to carry such a distinction, and is listed alongside institutions such as Mayo Clinic, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Cleveland Clinic.
2010 - The Noninvasive Cardiology Unit at Saint Joseph Hospital becomes the first fully accredited noninvasive department in a private regional hospital.
2011 - The Catheterization Lab at Saint Joseph East is the first and only cath lab in Kentucky to be recognized by HealthStream Research for Excellence Through Insight Award for the third consecutive year.
2011 - Respiratory Services at Saint Joseph Hospital started a six-minute walk test and insertion of arterial lines by respiratory therapists.
2011 - Respiratory Services at Saint Joseph East received the American Association for Respiratory Care Quality Respiratory Care Recognition.