1-Cancer care

Inpatient oncology unit

The Villages® Regional Hospital's 12-bed inpatient oncology unit has been specially designed to promote a comforting, healing atmosphere for our patients and to encourage family involvement. Medical oncology patients receive unique and specialized care delivered by a dedicated team of experienced oncology nurses who work closely with our oncology physicians.

In addition to our certified oncology specialists, patients in the inpatient oncology unit can access the services provided by:

  • Pain management specialists.
  • Social workers.
  • Spiritual care professionals.


The Villages® Regional Hospital is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC).

There are only 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States. Accreditation encourages hospitals, treatment centers and other facilities to improve their quality of care through various cancer-related programs and activities. These programs are concerned with the full continuum of cancer—from prevention to survivorship and end-of-life care—while addressing both survival and quality of life.

Patients who obtain care at a CoC-accredited cancer program receive the following benefits:

  • Quality cancer care.
  • Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment options available.
  • Access to cancer-related information and education.
  • Access to patient-centered services such as psychosocial distress screening and navigation.
  • Options for genetic assessment and counseling and palliative care services.
  • Assessment of treatment planning based on evidence-based national treatment guidelines.
  • Information about clinical trials and new treatment options.
  • Follow-up care at the completion of treatment, including a survivorship care plan.
  • A cancer registry that collects data on cancer type, stage and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up.

Award-winning cancer registry

The Villages® Regional Hospital has been awarded the prestigious Jean Byers Award for excellence in cancer registration from the Florida Cancer Data System every year since the inception of its cancer registry program in 2004. This award acknowledges the quality, timeliness and completeness in the way cancer data is reported to the statewide cancer registry.

2-The Heart Center at The Villages Regional Hospital

Since heart disease is the leading cause of death in America today, cardiology services represent an important aspect of the care at The Villages® Regional Hospital. We provide our patients with the most up-to-date noninvasive and interventional techniques and technology available in the region.

Our hospital performs more than 5,000 life-saving cardiac procedures each year and offers two Philips Ambient Experience catheterization laboratories. The labs integrate architecture, design, and dynamic lighting and sound to enable patients to personalize their environment for a more relaxing experience.

A complete range of cardiac-diagnostic services and tests are offered here, including electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, transthoracic echocardiogram, cardioversion, cardiac stress tests, cardiac monitoring and more.

Learn more about our Chest Pain Center Accreditation.

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC)*

Know the Signs and Symptoms



Like other diseases, heart attacks have early sign and symptoms. These “beginnings” occur in over 50 percent of patients. However, if recognized in time, these “beginnings” can be treated before the heart is damaged. 85 percent of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. EHAC is knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately—BEFORE HEART DAMAGE OCCURS.


  • Chest pressure, squeezing, aching or burning
  • Shortness of breath
  • Back pain
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Feeling of fullness


  • Heart attack symptoms can be different between men and women. Why does it matter? Women are less likely to seek immediate medical care and are more likely to die.
  • Men normally feel pain and numbness in the left arm or side of chest, but in women, these symptoms may appear on the right side
  • Women may feel completely exhausted, drained, dizzy or nauseous
  • Women may feel upper back pain that travels up into their jaw
  • Women may think their stomach pain is the flu, heartburn or an ulcer


In an atypical presentation, the signs and symptoms are different. How? The patient may not complain about pain or pressure in the chest.

Be alert for the following:

  • A sharp or “knife-like” pain that occurs with coughing or breathing
  • Pain that spreads above the jawbone or into the lower body
  • Difficult or labored breathing


  • These are the general risk factors. Discuss your risk for a heart attack with your doctor.
  • Chest pain, pressure, burning, aching or tightness - it may come and go
  • A family history of cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight or obese
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Using tobacco products
  • Metabolic disease, diabetes or other illnesses
  • For women it can also include birth control pills, a history of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes or having a low birth weight baby


  • Understand the risk factors and see a doctor for early diagnosis.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms. There is a difference in the way heart attacks occur in men and women.
  • Be alert for a heart attack in yourself or someone in your vicinity. Becoming an active bystander could save a life!
  • When in doubt, call 9-1-1. First responders have the medical technology to quickly save a life.

* Information provided by the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Early Heart Attack Care™, and EHAC® are trademarks of the ACC.

Coronary intervention program

The Villages® Regional Hospital is a leading center for performing interventions for coronary disease. Our interventional cardiologists are specialists who lend their experience and many years of technical expertise to your care. Our combination of patient-centered care and advanced treatment methods leads to a safe and comfortable experience.

The Villages® Regional Hospital offers a full range of cardiac catheterization and interventional procedures, such as angioplasties, percutaneous coronary intervention and stents (including drug-eluting stents). Our team also implants devices and performs peripheral interventions.

In 2015, The Villages® Regional Hospital received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Cardiac-diagnostic services

A complete range of cardiac-diagnostic services and tests are offered at The Villages® Regional Hospital, including:

  • Electrocardiogram.
  • Echocardiogram.
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram.
  • Cardioversion.
  • Cardiac stress tests.
  • Cardiac monitoring.

Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation completes the continuum of heart care at The Villages® Regional Hospital, offering outpatient monitored exercise and educational programs designed to reduce risk factors for coronary artery disease.

The cardiac rehabilitation program at The Villages® Regional Hospital is tailored to the personal interests, needs and abilities of each patient. Cardiac rehabilitation offers a safe and enjoyable way for people with heart disease or those who have had cardiac surgery to improve their cardiovascular fitness, function and knowledge.

To learn more about cardiac rehabilitation at The Villages® Regional Hospital, call 352.751.8556.

Support groups

WomanHeart, the national coalition for women with heart disease holds a monthly support group meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. in the Sharon L. Morse Medical Building, Room 520. The group focuses on educating women with heart disease and providing a network of support and community resources. To learn more, call Sue Prince at 240.271.9292 or view the calendar of events.

3-Nationally Accredited Chest Pain Center

The Villages® Regional Hospital is recognized by the American College of Cardiology as an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI and Resuscitation.

In 2017, The Villages® Regional Hospital earned full accreditation by the American College of Cardiology as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation. For you, this means we are better equipped, trained and staffed to care for you in case of a heart attack.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. Accredited Chest Pain Centers have met or exceeded stringent criteria and completed a comprehensive onsite review by accreditation specialists. Accreditation affirms a higher level of expertise in the care of patients with symptoms of a heart attack. Our team of professionals at The Villages® Regional Hospital have proven expertise in advanced cardiac care.

Advanced care for chest pain

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, we use a systematic, evidence-based and protocol-driven approach to cardiac patient care, reducing time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack.

PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation enhances patient outcomes because it reflects application of strategies such as early recognition, CPR and defibrillation, early intervention with primary PCI (coronary angioplasty), along with therapeutic hypothermia following a cardiac arrest. PCI is a non-surgical technique for treating narrowed coronary arteries and restoring blood flow to heart tissue. Post-arrest hypothermia treatment can help preserve neurological function in survival by regulating the patient’s body temperature.

Heart attack resources

When it comes to heart attacks, time is muscle, so knowing the signs and symptoms is essential to getting help quickly. Visit the pages below for tips on identifying heart attacks, your risk for developing heart disease, and tips for living a heart-healthier life.

Photo: The Cardiac Care Team at The Villages® Regional Hospital