About the Samuel & Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center

Advanced Cardiovascular Treatment and Research

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans today. The University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is on the forefront of innovative, advanced efforts to combat the magnitude of cardiovascular disease. We're doing it with expert, multidisciplinary medical teams, research at our new Cardiovascular Research Center, and a clinical building where our patients can take advantage of advanced technologies in beautiful surroundings. Each year, the Frankel Cardiovascular Center staff:

  • Treats more than 6,000 hospital inpatients
  • Sees more than 35,000 outpatients
  • Performs more than 800 open-heart operations on adults, and nearly 600 on children, as well as hundreds more operations throughout the Center
  • Performs more than 4,800 electrophysiological studies and procedures
  • Performs more than 800 vascular surgery procedures
  • Conducts more than 2,700 interventional radiology procedures and thousands of diagnostic imaging studies

U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center Nationally Ranked for Cardiology and Heart Surgery

The 2015 U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals report positions the cardiology and heart surgery programs at the University of Michigan as nationally ranked, along with 10 other adult and 10 pediatric specialties. The University of Michigan is among only 137 facilities (3 percent of the 4,716 facilities analyzed) to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties.

Frankel Cardiovascular Center received "Highest" scores on the Cardiology and Heart Surgery Score Card in multiple areas, including:

  • Patient volume (number of high-risk Medicare inpatients 2011-2013 in key specialty-related procedures and diagnoses)
  • Nursing intensity (balance of nurses to patients)
  • Advanced technologies, such as specialized imaging technologies and transplant services
  • Patient services, like programs for cardiac rehabilitation and hospice

View the U.S. News & World Report score card for cardiology and heart surgery.

Safest in Two High-Risk Cardiac Surgeries

An independent national group named UMHS among the safest hospitals in the United States for high-risk surgery.  Only 37 percent of the nation’s hospitals fully met the surgery safety standards set by the Leapfrog Group, a national leader in evaluating hospital care based on a wide range of criteria.

The survey report, “Predicting Patient Survival of High Risk Surgeries,” shows survival rates for the complex procedures varied significantly, demonstrating that the choice of hospital can mean the difference between life and death.

The in-depth examination looked at survival rates for four high-risk surgeries, among them abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair and replacement of the aortic valve in the heart (AVR).

See how hospitals performed by searching the Hospital Survey Results.  

Outcomes Report

View our 2014 University of Michigan Activity and Outcomes Report, which is a summary of the data from all of our treatment areas, as well as information on innovative technologies and research initiatives. You may also view the 2014 Outcomes Report as a flippable PDF.

About Our Building

The Samuel and Jean Frankel 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. The 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.

Naming of the University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center

On March 21, 2013, the University of Michigan's Board of Regents approved the naming of the Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center  to recognize Samuel and Jean Frankel's groundbreaking support of the University of Michigan CVC. Gifts from the Frankels to advance health care and culture at the University of Michigan are among the most generous in school history, and their heritage of philanthropy has elevated scholarship and culture worldwide. The $50 million gift from the Samuel and Jean Frankel Foundation to the U-M Cardiovascular Center was announced anonymously when the Center opened in 2007, and the March 21st announcement marked the first time the donor had been named publicly. Read the news release about the announcement.