Compassionate Care

Saint Joseph's compassionAt Saint Joseph's Heart and Vascular Institute, we live and breathe a philosophy of compassionate care. We are committed to care not only for your physical well-being, but to meet your spiritual and emotional needs as well. This very principle of compassionate care led to the founding of our Hospital by the Sisters of Mercy in 1880. When the Sisters first came to Atlanta, they were poor financially but rich in spirit; it is this spirit that carried Saint Joseph's Hospital through then and remained the driving force for what we are today.

No matter his or her religious belief, we believe each person is sacred, and our commitment to continuing a healing ministry permeates everything we do. We strive to live these values every day -- and it is our moral fiber that attracts patients, physicians, and employees, cementing our identity and position as a faith-based institution of excellence.

Trained professionals offer support in dealing with any number of difficult issues that may arise in the course of your care. Our chaplains are available to you and your family 24 hours-a-day for spiritual counsel, prayer, or to simply talk. Ethicists are also on staff to help work through end-of-life issues (advanced directives) and proxy decision-making (making decisions on behalf of a patient). We understand that sometimes there are many concerns related to what you are facing, and we do everything in our power to ease the process.

We will treat you and your family with the utmost respect and will create a treatment plan sensitive to your particular goals and concerns. We care about people, not just patients, and understand that each individual coming through our doors has his or her own unique set of beliefs and experiences. Our collaborative, multidisciplinary care approach ensures that every aspect of your experience is second-to-none.

To find out more about the specific services available to either you or your family and friends at Saint Joseph's, please contact (678) 843-7001 or visit


Caring in the Community

In addition to our wealth of services available when you are at Saint Joseph's Heart and Vascular Institute, we also take a vested interest in our community and beyond. Saint Joseph's Mercy Care Services is Atlanta's oldest and largest community outreach program for persons who lack insurance, are part of the immigrant population, or are experiencing homelessness. Mercy Care Services was created in 1985 to continue the community outreach in downtown Atlanta begun by the Sisters of Mercy in 1880 when they established Atlanta's first permanent hospital, Saint Joseph's. Funded by a variety of public and private sources, Mercy Care Services is part of Saint Joseph's Health System and is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. To learn more about Saint Joseph's Mercy Care Services, please visit

Saint Joseph's Hospital is also a partner with the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which shares the mission of providing optimum cardiac care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Established in 1988, the program provides funding for life-saving treatments for patients who otherwise may not be able to receive needed treatment. To learn more about the Larry King Foundation and its programs, visit