After a blessing today, the Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. John’s Hospital will open its new cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) on Monday, July 16. Colleagues and visitors were given tours of the new space that will be dedicated to helping cardiac patients recover after open heart, cardiovascular, vascular and thoracic surgeries. 

The project adds 14 CVICU beds and dedicates more space for patients, support areas, family waiting areas and nurses’ stations. It replaces two separate cardiac ICUs previously in use that separated surgical and non-surgical heart patients within the hospital.

“The new CVICU will help facilitate collaboration between heart surgeons, cardiologists, ICU physicians, specialists and support staff,” said Dr. Gregory Mishkel, executive medical director of Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “It also incorporates technology that will help us better engage patients and their families.”

The $7.9 million project adds larger rooms that include showers, reclining chairs, televisions, storage space for personal belongings and large windows for access to natural light to help with the healing process.
“The additional space and amenities are important to make our unit the best place to receive care, work and practice medicine. Families could be spending a lot of time in our hospital as their loved ones recover from a cardiac illness. We want them to be as comfortable as possible,” said Dr. Charles L. Lucore, president and CEO of HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “Opening this cardiovascular intensive care unit is the most recent step in our continued commitment to providing the best heart care in the central and southern Illinois regions.”

About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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