From diagnosis to discharge, we deliver world-class cardiac care. In 1987, The Medical Center of Plano became the first hospital in Collin County to provide comprehensive cardiovascular medicine to its patients. Today, HeartLink™ is the only cardiology program in Collin County with:
- Four disease certifications from The Joint Commission.
- An accredited cardiac rehabilitation center
- Accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories
- Accreditation in nuclear cardiology from the American College of Nuclear Cardiology.
- Specialized care for women through HeartCaring, a national certification program honoring excellence in gender-specific heart care
- Recognition from BlueCross BlueShield as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care®
- Premium® Specialty Center Designation from United HealthCare.
- Mended Hearts, a support group for patients and their families during the recovery process
Our services include state-of-the-art heart and vascular medicine and surgery, cardiovascular imaging, and fully integrated emergency hospital and intensive coronary care services. View the full list of patient services, treatments and procedures.
In February 1990, three years after the inception of HeartLink, our program kicked off its community outreach efforts with our first-ever Heart Smart Saturday. What started as a small setup with two tables and a few brochures is now a full-fledged, citywide event with more than 700 attendees and 120 volunteers.
But that's just one piece of HeartLink's involvement in the Collin County community. Our core philosophy encompasses much more than diagnosing and treating heart disease. As an extension of our work at the hospital, HeartLink also focuses on prevention, education and post-op support through the outreaches below.
During February, HeartLink offers a series of evening seminars open to the public on new cardiac technology, treatments and how The Medical Center of Plano stays at the forefront of these developments.
Each year, we also educate more than 120 Plano school nurses on identifying arrhythmias in children. And, during the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign, we teach heart disease prevention to female school staff, including nurses, principals and teachers.
Heart Smart Saturday
More than 700 people visit our annual Heart Smart Saturday at The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano. Attendees receive free screenings and education for cholesterol, stability/balance, osteoporosis, blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, body fat and grip strength.
A pharmacist and physician are on site to answer all your health questions. Plus, if you bring the kids, they learn the importance of dialing 911 in an emergency.
When it comes to successfully treating cardiac patients, our hospital's work is only part of the equation. We believe our strategic relationships with local emergency medical services (EMS) also make a huge difference in patient outcomes. So, each quarter, The Medical Center of Plano educates EMS agencies on stroke, trauma, hypothermia therapy and more.
Working together, we provide patients with state-of-the-art care from the moment they dial 911. Learn more about our close partnership with Plano EMS, through which we beat the national benchmark for "STEMI time" by 49 minutes (This is the time it takes to re-establish blood flow from the time a heart attack patient arrives at our Emergency Room.) Learn More.
Plano After Dark
Since the late 1990s, each April The Medical Center of Plano has partnered with local emergency services and Plano Youth Leadership, a leadership development program, to create a live dramatization of the dangers that occur on Plano streets at night. About 30 high school student leaders follow a series of life-changing events - from the scene of an alcohol-related car accident all the way to the morgue.
While at the hospital, students watch emergency room trauma cases, simulated surgeries, the delivery of a premature baby, a heart attack case and more. Teens leave the experience with deeper leadership skills, as well as the sobering realization of how one wrong decision can turn to disaster - and why it's important to make wise choices the first time around.
Sports Physicals for Student Athletes
You've seen the news stories of high school athletes who died from an undiagnosed heart problem. At The Medical Center of Plano, we do everything possible to prevent that sort of tragedy in our community.
This includes free sports physicals and EKGs for student athletes, with referrals to pediatric cardiologists when necessary. We also have donated automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to Plano ISD for use in their stadiums.
Mended Hearts Support Group
Each month, 30 to 40 cardiac patients and their families gather to encourage each other during the recovery process. Our chapter of Mended Hearts is the only one in Collin County, so patients from competing hospitals may take advantage of this resource.
As part of a national organization, Mended Hearts addresses a variety of topics, from which restaurants serve a heart-healthy menu to restoring relationships after heart disease. The group also visits patients post-surgery to donate food and emotional support. Mended Hearts meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the second-floor classrooms at The Medical Center of Plano. For more information, call (214) 473-7675.