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Our History

For over 30 years, the team of professionals at The Heart Hospital at Providence...a hospital within a hospital has led the way in heart health care advances and innovations. One look at our list of historic firsts, and you'll see: For clinical management of cardiovascular disease, we never miss a beat.

1970 Waco's first coronary care unit opens at Providence, providing specialized care for critically ill heart patients.

1971 Dr. Charles A. Shoultz, Jr. joins the Providence medical staff as Waco's first cardiologist.

1973 Doctors R. W. Crosthwait, Jr. and R. T. Angel perform Waco's first open-heart surgery at Providence.

1981 The R. W. Crosthwait, Sr. Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center opens to speed the recovery and improve the lives of Providence patients.

1982 Waco's first coronary angioplasty is performed at Providence.

1993 Waco's first cardiac stent procedure is performed at Providence.

1996 Waco's first Electrophysiology Lab opens at Providence. Waco's first Automatic Implanted Cardiac Defibrillator is implanted at Providence.  

1998 The cardiac team at Providence joins forces with over 1,000 health centers nationwide to offer free Early Heart Attack Care training to Waco and surrounding communities.

1999 Waco's first Chest Pain ER opens at Providence.

2001 Congestive Heart Failure Clinic opens at Providence.

2002 Waco's first Excimer Laser System is installed--providing cardiologists with the newest technology in catheterization procedures.

2003 Providence named Top 100 Heart Hospital in America

2003 Waco's first Drug-Eluting Stent is implanted at Providence

2003 Waco's first Magnetic Navigational Lab installed at Providence

2004 Providence named Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety

2004 Providence named Top 100 Heart Hospital in America

2005 Providence named Top Hospital in America

2005 Providence named Top 100 Heart Hospital in America

2006 Providence named Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety

2007 Providence named Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety

2007 Opening of F.M. and Gloria Young Tower

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