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Women twice as likely as men to have gallstones

First-in-the-world stent-graft surgery performed at St. Anthony's Medical Center

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Back in the game after robotic gallbladder surgery

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John K. Pruellage Heart & Vascular Center

St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s John K. Pruellage Heart & Vascular Center — a “heart hospital within a hospital” — offers the latest in medical technology and patient-centered care. It radically redefines how patients are cared for and the setting in which they heal, through advanced technology, safety and infection control features and environmental amenities.


  • 64 private cardiac monitored patient rooms
  • 16-bed Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
  • 24 state-of-the-art surgery suites
  • 34 same-day surgery rooms
  • cardiac catheterization lab
  • electrophysiology lab
  • outpatient catheterization lab

Healing enhanced through design

The four-story surgery and patient-care tower brings to life the principles of biophilic design, which integrates elements of nature into the healing process. Research suggests that biophilic design provides the best possible environment for patients and the clinicians who care for them.

Visitor reflect in the healing garden

As the spiritual role of nature in healing is universally recognized, each piece of artwork was selected to reflect God’s presence in nature and each is accompanied by an inspirational quote.

The boomerang-shaped addition surrounds a glass-enclosed “healing garden,” offering lush, green views from all four floors. Plantings, benches and fountains are integrated into the design to promote reflection and to provide comfort to patients, families and visitors.

Every element of the Heart & Vascular Center is designed to enhance the patients’ healing process. The soft architectural curves, leaf designs from floor to ceiling, light cherry-finish woodwork, restful colors and natural lighting bring elements of nature indoors to patients and their families.

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For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.

Working as trusted partners, the physicians and employees of St. Anthony's Health System will deliver care distinguished by its demonstrated quality and personalized service. We will be visibly engaged in improving the health and well­ being of the communities we serve in South County and beyond. We will stand together, proud to set the standard for independent community health systems.