Cardiovascular Center Patient & Visitor Guide
The Cardiovascular Center is one of the largest facilities in the heart of the University of Michigan Medical Campus. It is in this 350,000 square-foot, multidisciplinary facility that we can fulfill our vision of being the best academic heart and vascular center in the world.
As we strive to make the Cardiovascular Center the best in the world, the new $215 million facility, which opened June 11, 2007, includes a 24-bed surgical post-procedure ICU, 24 vascular general/moderate care beds, nine cardiac procedure rooms, four cardiac surgery operating rooms, two vascular surgery operating rooms, two general thoracic operating rooms, two endovascular procedure labs and 36 clinic exam rooms.
The facility and the work that goes on inside its walls are truly a demonstration of collaborative care from more than 600 physicians and staff, most at the new facility and others at our many clinics and labs on the University of Michigan Medical Campus and in surrounding communities.
Q & A
Everyone has questions when they go to a hospital or health center, especially for the first time. The Cardiovascular Center Patient and Visitor Guide should answer most of your questions. Here are a few of the more commonly asked questions and the answers:
Q. Is this a 24/7 operation?
A. Yes. However, patients who need emergency care for heart attacks, strokes and other acute situations should go directly to the U-M Emergency Room.
Q. What is the address of the new building?
A. The building is located at the corner of Ann and Observatory streets. However, mail intended for the CVC should be addressed to:
University of Michigan Health System
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
If you are sending something to a specific department, please ask that area what room numbers you will have to put on a mailing address.
Q. If I have been seeing a doctor at University Hospital who will be moving to the Cardiovascular Center, how will I know when and where I should be going after he/she moves?
A. If your doctor or clinic is moving to the new facility, you will be sent instructions in time for your next appointment.
Q. Where do I park at the Cardiovascular Center?
A. Parking structure P5 is connected to the Cardiovascular Center, and is designated parking for staff, visitors and patients. Your entrance is off Observatory and Ann Streets. Street signs off East Medical Center Drive will help direct you to the Cardiovascular Center.
Valet service is available for patients, families and other visitors for a fee at the circle drive main entrance to the Cardiovascular Center.
Q. How do I get to the medical campus?
A. Written driving directions are available on this site in the Maps & Directions area.
Q. Can I get cell phone reception at the Cardiovascular Center?
A. Cell phones can be used in the hospital lobbies, as well as on patient floors and rooms. Regulations prohibit use of cell phones within one foot of a medical device. This also includes two-way radios and push-to-talk functions. There may be some areas of the Cardiovascular Center where you may not be able to get cell reception.
Q. If I have to get to the Cardiovascular Center in the middle of the night, where do I go?
A. Security is available 24/7 at our hospitals and house phones are available outside the front doors.
Q. What are visiting hours at the Cardiovascular Center?
A. Regular visiting hours at University Hospital and the Cardiovascular Center are between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. If you wish to visit a patient outside of these hours, please ask the nurse on the patient's floor about specific visiting policies in that unit. If you want to visit one of our patients but you have symptoms of a cold, flu, or other infectious disease, please do not visit them but phone them instead.
Q. Where can I stay if I have a family member in the hospital and I’m from out of town?
A. See Staying Overnight for information about local accommodations and our service that helps you find an option that suits you best.
Q. Are there places to purchase food while I’m visiting?
A. Food and snacks are available in several locations, including the Atrium Healthy Heart Cafe on Level 2 (ground floor) of the Cardiovascular Center building, and vending machines nearby. A full-service cafeteria is available on Level 2 of University Hospital, along with takeout dining and vending machines. Specialty coffees and snacks are available near the Cancer Center on Level 2, in the cafeteria and on Level 2 of Taubman Center.
Q. If I have a long wait, is there somewhere I can get an Internet connection for my laptop?
A. Computers for researching diagnoses, procedures and treatments with Internet capabilities are available in the Wellness Resource Center on Level 2 of the Cardiovascular Center. There are several computers available in the waiting area on Level 4. In addition, recently, the cafeteria at University Hospital has been made wireless, so you can get a high-speed connection to the Internet on your laptop.
Q. Is there a gift shop at the Cardiovascular Center?A. A complete gift shop is available on the second floor of University Hospital. There are some gift store items in the Wellness Resource Center on Level 2.