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Samuel A Hayes, MD, MBA
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Cardiovascular Disease

Jorge Davalos, MD
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Cardiology

Nicola Gigante, NP
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Cardiology

Hillary Garcia, NP-C
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Cardiology

Russell Linsky, MD
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Cardiology

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Expert heart and vascular care in southern Colorado

Our expert team provides quality, compassionate and accessible heart and vascular care to patients in southern Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Renowned for advanced care, we manage everything from general cardiology needs to providing the region’s leading care in several subspecialty areas. No matter what type of care you need, you will benefit from our personalized, multidisciplinary approach to treatment.

Outreach locations

We have outreach clinic locations in Baca, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, and Prowers counties. Please call 719.365.7172 for more information.

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Specialties

Cardiac surgery

The cardiothoracic specialists at UCHealth deliver world-class care to patients who need highly skilled, cutting-edge surgical treatment. Expert surgeons team with well-trained cardiac professionals to care for you before, during and after surgery. Our surgical experience also allows us to provide patients with a full spectrum of care for elective and emergency procedures. Our surgical specialties include aortic and aortic root surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, valve preservation and more.

Electrophysiology

A comprehensive program managing cardiac arrhythmias with treatment options ranging from medication to atrial and ventricular ablation to pacemaker and defibrillator implantation (ICD) and the WATCHMANdevice.

Heart attack care

When you are in advanced heart failure, you want the best care fast. The UCHealth team treats coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, STEMI (myocardial), heart attack, chest pain and acute coronary disease. We offer interventional treatment (stents), medical management, angioplasty and surgical intervention. Our response and treatment of a heart attack is significantly faster than national guidelines suggest—we get you in and into lifesaving care faster.

Structural Heart

The largest volumes in the region for advanced interventional valve treatments for valvular heart disease, with outcomes better than the national averages. Therapies include transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), WATCHMAN™, PFO/AS and MitraClip mitral valve repair.

Vascular surgery

At UCHealth, our team of general, trauma, vascular and critical care surgeons provide expert evaluation and surgical treatment for a wide range of adult vascular conditions, including carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, pulmonary embolism, renal vascular disease and more.

Support services

Cardiac rehabilitation

After a heart event—such as a heart attack, heart surgery or angioplasty—you need to rebuild the strength of that muscle and improve your cardiovascular health. At UCHealth, our rehabilitation program is in three phases: inpatient, outpatient and maintenance. The third phase is open to the public and allows you to work out with others who are going through rehab.

Heart Failure University

Heart Failure University is a free education series designed to provide valuable information to people who are impacted by congestive heart failure.

Join us the second Tuesday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. No reservations required. Patients are welcome to bring family members, friends or caregivers.

Location
UCHealth Memorial Central, 6th floor
East Tower, Gold conference room
1400 E. Boulder Street, Colorado Springs

2019 dates/topics
January 8: Congestive heart failure overview
February 12: Guideline directed medical therapy for CHF
March 12: Diet management for CHF
April 9: Exercise/activity recommendations
May 14: Community resources with discussion about palliative care
June 11: How to manage other diagnoses in addition to CHF
July 9: Congestive heart failure overview
August 13: Guideline directed medical therapy for CHF
September 10: Diet management for CHF
October 8: Exercise/activity recommendations
November 12: Community resources/palliative care discussion
December 10: How to manage other diagnoses in addition to CHF

For more information, call 719.635.3039.

Anticoagulation clinic

If you’re on anticoagulants and currently seeing a UCHealth provider, this clinic can help you manage your medications. Visit UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central Mondays through Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or UCHealth Memorial Hospital North on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Scheduling

My Health Connection: your online patient portal

We encourage all our patients to sign up for My Health Connection. This is your personal patient portal to request prescription refills, view your medical records or test results and to contact our office.

Please call our office to schedule your appointment.

Please provide all the following information at your scheduled appointment:

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance card
  • Referral (if needed)

To allow enough time to complete your check-in process, please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

We require 24 hour advance notice if you cannot make it to your scheduled appointment. If you have young children who will be accompanying you to your appointment, please try to bring another adult with you to sit with the children during your time.

Questions? Give us a call!

Insurance

Our office participates with many different insurance companies. Because insurance plans, policies and laws often change, please contact your insurance company to see if we are a contracted provider. Find information about insurance and billing.

Billing

For information or questions about your bill, please visit UCHealth online bill pay.

Community resources

We have dedicated community resources for the following areas:

Afib/electrophysiology program coordinator: 719.365.6658

Chest pain program coordinator: 719.365.2296

Heart failure program coordinator: 719.365.8106

Patient stories

Awards & recognition

ACC HeartCARE Center

The American College of Cardiology has recognized UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central for its demonstrated commitment to comprehensive, high-quality culture and cardiovascular care.

Hospitals receiving the HeartCARE Center designation from the ACC have demonstrated their commitment to consistent, high-quality cardiovascular care through comprehensive process improvement, disease and procedure-specific accreditation, professional excellence, and community engagement. Memorial Hospital Central is the first hospital in Colorado to earn this designation.

Highest-quality cardiology and electrophysiology care

Our cardiology team is nationally recognized and committed to providing the highest-quality care in the region. Our Atrial Fibrillation program is accredited by the American College of Cardiology—we evaluate and manage patients with A-fib more precisely, improve patient outcomes and educate patients and healthcare providers, leading to more effective and efficient disease control.

ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation

The American College of Cardiology has recognized UCHealth Memorial Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain.

UCHealth Memorial Hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI and Resuscitation based on a rigorous on-site evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year.

Get With the Guidelines 2019 Gold Plus badgeHeart Failure: 2019 Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Designation

The American Heart Association has recognized UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central for its continued success in using the Get With the Guidelines – Heart Failure program and applying the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes.

Research

At UCHealth, we conduct a wide range of cardiac research studies into conditions such as coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure and more.

Our patients have access to innovative therapies that aren’t already widely available, and they have more frequent evaluations in addition to their traditional appointments. Eligible patients have several options for participation in a safe, well-monitored environment.

>> Visit our clinical trials search page

For information or questions about cardiac research at Memorial Hospital, please call 719.365.3072.

Heart and vascular health information 

UCHealth offers an extensive heart and vascular care library, including information on tests and procedures, conditions and diseases.

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