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The Heart Center


Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center is pleased to offer its community The Heart Center. Staffed by medical and interventional cardiologists with Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois, The Heart Center offers a full range of cardiovascular services including Diagnostic Testing, Treatments, Screening Programs, Disease Management, and Disease Prevention. Use entrance H of the hospital to access the Heart Center.

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Local residents are now able to receive more technologically advanced heart care closer to home through Sarah Bush Lincoln’s newest partner, the Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois (PHII).

Through this partnership with Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois, we are extending diagnostic and interventional cardiology care to community members. This distinguished group of physicians provides an extensive network of cardiac care throughout Central and Southern Illinois.

PHII comprehensive services

  • cardiology office visits
  • diagnostic cardiac catheterizations
  • coronary intervention, which includes balloon angioplasty, stenting and drug eluting stents

Additionally, some of these cardiologists have sub-specialties in electrophysiology and women’s cardiovascular health that would normally require people from rural areas to travel to larger organizations for care.

Less Stress
This extensive network often lessens the stress on our patients and eliminates travel for them and their families. It’s better for their health. If a person’s condition requires they be transferred to Springfield for additional services, we will coordinate that care with their primary physician and ensure they are sent back to the community for any follow-up care.

Continuity of Care
The care provided by our cardiologists is exceptional. Communication with the patients’ primary care provider and the continuity of care for our patients is of utmost importance to us. The Heart Center pairs its doctors and patients so together they walk the patient's journey to recovery. Only when absolutely necessary does a patient see a partner physician.

Sarah Bush Lincoln and Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois have established methods by which doctors can access their patients' electronic medical records from outside of The Heart Center. This allows doctors to review their patients' health statuses, check laboratory results and effectively communicate about patients whenever needed.

Prairie Chest Pain Network
Prairie Cardiologists Urge: When chest pains occurs, Always Dial, Never Drive. Dialing 911 saves critical treatment time, connects patients in Mattoon to world class care through the Prairie Chest Pain Network.

To help with this continuity of care, Sarah Bush Lincoln and PHII have established methods by which the doctors can access their patient’s electronic medical record while outside of the Health Center. This allows the doctors to review their patients’ health statuses, check laboratory results and effectively communicate about patients whenever it’s needed.

To make an appointment with one of the cardiologists, please call the The Heart Center at (217) 238-4960.


EKG - Holter (24 hour) and 30 Day Event Monitoring
Exercise Stress Testing & Stress Echocardiography 
Nuclear Stress Test
Transesophageal Echocardography
Cardiac Cath (right and left) 
Peripheral Angioplasty
Vascular Ultrasound
Cardiac CT Angiography
Pacemaker Services (telemonitoring and evaluation clinic)


Cardiac Catherization (right and left) Watch animation.
Stent (drug-eluding and non-drug eluding)
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab

Screening Programs:

• Heart to Heart

The cardiovascular screening program is designed to increase awareness of heart health and wellness. It offers people an opportunity to have performed several screens that may reveal interrated and potentially life-threatening diesease.

The following screens taken together are $95.

- blood sugar
- blood pressure
- body mass index
- cardiac CT - calcium scoring
- coronary risk profile (cholesterol)
- electrocardiogram (EKG)
- kidney function


An additional set of cardiovascular screens are offered to detect peripheral vascular disease. The screens include abdominal aortic ultrasound, ankle brachial index and carotid ultrasound. The cost of all the tests is $95. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Kristina Bushue, 258-2238.

Disease Management:

The team of experts in METS (Monitored Exercise Testing Services) is dedicated to helping you – whether you have heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or are just at risk for developing one on them. This team of doctors, nurses, exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists, dietitians and certified diabetic educators can help you identify the program that is right for you, and help you get back on your feet and create a lasting, healthy lifestyle.

• Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiac rehabilitation is an exercise and education program for people who have have heart disease or who have had a heart attack or a procedure such as angioplasty, stenting, bypass surgery or valve replacement surgery or heart transplant. Rehabilitation is a strategy for creating a heart-healthy lifestyle to prevent problems from recurring. 

• Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Pulmonary rehabilitation is an exercise and education program for people who have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, asthma or other serious lung conditions. Although there is no cure for these diseases, there are effective therapeutic techniques that can help improve health, decrease hospitalizations and improve quality of life. 

During cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation,

- Our team of experts will evaluate your condition and develop an individualized exercise program.

- Your heart rate and rhythm or lungs will be continually monitored while your program is fine tuned each step of the way. 

- Education while you are exercising makes the classes enjoyable and allows for support, interaction with other class participants and sharing of ideas.

Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have had heart or lung problems in the past, the goals of cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation are to:

- Strengthen your heart, increase your tolerance to physical activity and  build endurance.
- Reduce your risk of future heart problems.
- Give you the confidence, understanding and skills needed to care and cope with a chronic illness.
- Teach you proper nutrition, breathing retraining and relaxation techniques.
- Improve your quality of life.
- Reduce anxiety.
- Educate and support you while you develop a healthier lifestyle.

• Living with Diabetes
This exercise and education program is designed for people with diabetes – from those who have just been diagnosed to those who have been living with diabetes and want to be healthier and feel better. Participants will work one-on-one with a registered dietitian and a registered nurse, both certified diabetic educators, to evaluate your current status, including nutrition assessment. For more information, contact Paula Enstrom, (217) 238-4808.

Disease Prevention:

• Step in the Right Direction (Diabetes Prevention)
Modeled after rehabilitation classes, this exercise and education program is designed to help prevent diabetes in those that have elevated blood sugar (pre-diabetes). Participants work with a registered nurse and certified diabetic educator to evaluate their health status, including food intake, to make postive changes. For more information, contact Paula Enstrom, (217) 238-4808.

Join us Today!

Our programs are all fun, motivational and provide you with the tools to take control of your health! Most classes meet two or three days per week and many are covered by insurance. Some classes have a small fee. Our staff is happy to help you determine which class is right for you and what the costs, if any, might be.

Call METS for more information (217) 258-2177, or to join a class!

Starting an exercise program featuring Lori Richardson, Exercise Physiologist on WEIU TV's Being Well series.