History of the Heart Hospital

For over 30 years, Ascension Providence has led the way in heart healthcare advancements and innovations. This commitment to leadership and emerging technologies enables our team of professionals to deliver a superior level of care unequalled in Central Texas.

On March 30, 2007, physicians, Ascension Providence employees, city and county officials and a large number of friends of Ascension Providence gathered together to dedicate the new F.M. and Gloria Young Tower, a dedication that came just some 18 months after ground was broken.

The five-story tower includes:

Ascension Providence Heart Achievements

1970

  • Waco’s first coronary care unit opens at Ascension Providence, providing specialized care or critically ill heart patients.

1971

  • Dr. Charles A. Shoultz, Jr. joins the Ascension Providence medical staff as Waco’s first cardiologist.

1973

  • Doctors R.W. Crosthwait, Jr. and R.T. Angel perform Waco’s first open-heart surgery at Ascension Providence.

1981

  • The R.W. Crosthwait, Sr. Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center opens to speed the recovery and improve the lives of Ascension Providence patients.

1982

  • Waco’s first coronary angioplasty is performed at Ascension Providence.

1993

  • Waco’s first cardiac stent procedure is performed at Ascension Providence.

1996

  • Waco’s first Electrophysiology Lab opens at Ascension Providence. Waco’s first Automatic Implanted Cardiac Defibrillator is implanted at Ascension Providence.

1998

  • The cardiac team at Ascension Providence joins forces with over 1,000 health centers nationwide to offer free Early Heart Attack Care training to Waco and surrounding communities.

1999

  • Waco’s first Chest Pain ER opens at Ascension Providence.

2001

  • Congestive Heart Failure Clinic opens at Ascension Providence.

2002

  • Waco’s first Excimer laser system is installed—providing cardiologists with the newest technology in catheterization procedures.

2003

  • Ascension Providence named Top 100 Heart Hospital in America.
  • Waco’s first Drug-Eluting Stent is implanted at Ascension Providence.
  • Waco’s first Magnetic Navigational Lab installed at Ascension Providence.

2004

  • Ascension Providence named Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety.
  • Ascension Providence named Top 100 Heart Hospital in America.

2005

  • Ascension Providence named Top Hospital in America.
  • Ascension Providence named Top 100 Heart Hospital in America.
  • Ascension Providence opened the first dedicated invasive peripheral vascular imaging suite and the first Medicare-approved site in Waco.

2006

  • Ascension Providence named Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety.

2007

  • Ascension Providence named Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety.
  • Opening of F.M. & Gloria Young Tower.

2008

  • Ascension Providence named Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety.
  • Ascension Providence opens the M. Brian Aynesworth Research Center.
  • The first study is conducted at the M. Brian Aynesworth Research Center.

2009

  • Ascension Providence named Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety.

2010

  • Ascension Providence named Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety.
  • Ascension Providence updates and renovates two cath labs with state-of-the art equipment.
  • Ascension Providence celebrates 105 year anniversary.

2011

  • Society of Chest Pain Centers grant full accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention on November 1, 2011.