Paducah Cardiac Services

Respected cardiovascular program of ‘firsts’

Since bringing open-heart surgery to the region in 1985 and initiating dozens of other “firsts” in cardiac care, Baptist Health Paducah has become one of the state’s most respected hospitals for cardiovascular services.

Our chest pain treatment is the region’s first to earn national accreditation as a Cycle III with PCI.

The Carson-Myre Heart Center, the first and largest heart center in Kentucky west of Louisville, opened in 2007. The $20 million, 79,000-square-foot center is adjacent to the Emergency Department and features a rooftop heliport for quick transport to the Chest Pain Center. An expansion in 2012 included two new open-heart operating rooms, plus a hybrid suite. It houses all non-surgical procedures, including five cardiac catheterization labs, echocardiology, nuclear cardiology, stress-testing, cardiac rehabilitation and a Close Observation Unit. The second floor features an auditorium for educational seminars and events, as well as a classroom for high school students studying healthcare careers.

The Chest Pain and Stroke Hotline, answered 24 hours a day by registered nurses trained in cardiac and stroke emergencies, is a free service to our community.


Chest Pain Center accreditation logoRecent Awards

Sept. 2015 – Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence in percutaneous coronary intervention and cardiac catheterization

June 2016 – Get With The Guidelines® - Resuscitation Silver Quality Achievement award

June 2017 – Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement award by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks

June 2017 – NCDR® (National Cardiovascular Data Registry) ACTION Registry® - Get with the Guidelines TM Platinum Performance Achievement award for the fifth consecutive year Respected cardiovascular program of ‘firsts’