Project Summary

The creation of a new Comprehensive Cardiac Operating Suite, with advanced imaging and navigation technology, will take Dominican Hospital to a new level in cardiac surgery for our most critical heart patients. The advanced equipment allows us to minimize invasive surgical procedures and drive patient-focused care. An integrated multidisciplinary heart team will provide treatment of complex cardiovascular diseases. The new Comprehensive Cardiac Operating Suite is a space where interventional radiologists, cardiologists, and cardiovascular surgeons can work side-by-side in the same room, at the same time, quickly moving from an interventional procedure to open heart surgery.

Benefits to Patients

    • Deliver faster and improved heart care
    • Availability of high-tech imaging and diagnostic equipment
    • Shortened procedure times
    • Reduced hospital stays
    • Reduced infection risks
    • Faster recovery with fewer follow-up procedures
    • Greater procedure scheduling flexibility
    • The most advanced technology and equipment in the world

Featuring Innovative Technology

“A cardiac operating suite is designed to function for major cardiac surgery and as an interventional suite,” explains Elizabeth Sweeney-Villavicencio, Dominican’s director of surgical services. “For example, it allows the interventionalist to first try the least invasive approach and then, if necessary, switch to open surgery.”

High quality care for patients with heart disease often involves a combination of surgical and interventional procedures.

The new suite will feature innovative technology to allow for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.The suite will include the latest in high-tech imaging, computer and diagnostic equipment, and newly developed surgical capabilities as well as a traditional cardiovascular catheterization lab. “The Comprehensive Cardiac Operating Suite is a critical part of our commitment to providing innovative, leading-edge cardiovascular services to the people of Santa Cruz County,” says Sarah Edmundson, Dominican’s director of cardiovascular services. “When it is finished, our cardiac team will be able to perform more advanced interventions and minimally invasive techniques.” 


The Foundation’s operating costs are covered by Dignity Health Dominican Hospital, which means 100 percent of your donations go directly towards the new Comprehensive Cardiac Operating Suite.

The Foundation is raising $2 million for this critical facility. Dignity Health is providing $5.7 million of the $7.7 million total cost.Philanthropic support is a key element to continue the high-quality, compassionate care that Dominican Hospital provides to our Santa Cruz County community. Our generous community creates such a profound impact on the health and well-being for years to come.Healthcare is continuously evolving, but with the commitment of our community support for Dominican Hospital – and your confidence in our organization and ability to direct gifts wisely –top-quality medical care is accessible to all of us.

To get involved or for more information, please contact Beverly Grova, VP of Philanthropy, at 831.462.7712, or email at