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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. The Heart Center is located in Suite 107 on the first floor of the Health 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. Our goal is that the same doctor handles our patients’ care each time. No one knows your health better than the doctor who routinely cares for you.

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
Stress and Dobutamine
Cardiac Nuclear Imaging
• Stress and Lexiscan
Transesophageal Echocardography
• Cardiac Risk Profile
Cardiac Cath (right and left) 
Peripheral Angioplasty
Vascular Ultrasound
Cardiac CT Angiography
Pacemaker Services (telemonitoring and evaluation clinic)
• 24-hour blood pressure monitor


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

Screening Programs:

• Vascular Screening

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, exercise specialists, 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 had a heart attack, have heart disease or who have had a heart procedure such as angioplasty, stenting, bypass surgery or valve replacement surgery. It is a smart strategy designed to create a heart-healthy lifestyle that will help you 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 you create a more healthy lifestyle, decrease hospitalizations and improve your 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. You 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)
Our “Step” program is designed to help you prevent diabetes if you have an elevated blood sugar (pre-diabetes). Through this exercise and education program, modeled after our rehabilitation classes, you will work with a registered nurse and certified diabetic educator to evaluate your current health status, including food intake. For more information, contact Paula Enstrom, (217) 238-4808.

• Heart Smart for Women /Body Smart for Women
Heart Smart and Body Smart for Women are a series of classes designed just for women. Women will learn how to make healthy food choices, become more physically active, manage stress and turn these healthy behaviors into everyday habits. Body Smart for Women is an exercise class that teaches women how to incorporate all aspects of fitness into their daily lives. Body Smart is like having your own personal trainer! For more information, contact Lori Richardson, (217) 238-4550. Heart Smart for Women is supported by WomenConnected.

• Heart Smart for Teens
Heart Smart for Teens is a nine-week school-based program funded through the Illinois Office of Women’s Health targeting fifth through eighth grade girls. The program, coordinated and taught by METS staff and in partnership with area schools and communities, is designed to increase knowledge and behaviors that will decrease future risks for heart disease. It incorporates innovative and fun activities to excite teens about adopting healthy eating and exercise habits that will build the foundation for a heart-healthy life. For more information, contact Vanessa Sanders, (217) 258-2238.

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.