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Heart & Vascular Institute

Your Cardiovascular Surgery

Our goal is to help you to quickly find your way in and around your cardiovascular surgery stay at Temple University Hospital. 

Preparing for Your Surgery

Getting Ready at Home

All cardiovascular surgery patients will receive a Safer Surgery Guide at the Pre-Admission Testing appointment. Follow the instructions in the Safer Surgery Guide to prepare for your surgery and hospital stay.

What to Bring

Cardiovascular surgery patients should plan to bring several items for their stay. These include:

  • Medical insurance card
  • Valid photo ID
  • List of the medications you’re taking. If you are unable to make a list, please bring bottles of all current medications
  • Pharmacy name, address and phone number
  • Any questions you may have

Your Arrival

Arriving at the Hospital

Cardiovascular Surgery patients and their families should plan to park in the Boyer Parking Garage located at Broad and Tioga Streets. Please enter the hospital at the Tioga Lobby across the street from the parking garage. Valet parking is available and free of charge.

When you arrive, you should check in with security in the main lobby. If you require a wheelchair or other assistance, please ask the valet or front desk attendant.

Use this address in your GPS for the Boyer Parking Garage:

1311 W Tioga Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Surgical Services

Checking in

To check in, please go to Surgery Registration located in the Ambulatory Care Center, Zone D (Orange), 2nd Floor. Take the Zone D elevators to the 2nd floor. You will see the entrance to the Surgery Registration right as you exit the elevator.

Here in Surgery Registration you will check-in for your surgery, be provided with your hospital ID and pay for any out-of-pocket expenses related to your surgery.

Perioperative Unit (pre-op)

Once you are admitted, your nurse will bring you the pre-surgical area located in the same area as Surgery Registration. Here, you will change into a gown and prepped for surgery. Prior to surgery, you will meet with your surgeon and anesthesiologist. Your family members can wait with you until you are brought back for your surgery.

Family Waiting Area

Family and friends can use same lobby when you checked in for surgery to wait while you are in surgery. You will be provided with a unique number so that friends and family can track your progress while you are in surgery. Friend and family will also be updated periodically by a member of the surgical team. 

After your surgery, you will be brought directly to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Your family members will be escorted to this location to see you.

Your Inpatient Stay

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)

The CICU, located in the Rock Pavilion, Zone A (Purple), 2nd Floor is a unit staffed by a team dedicated to caring for patients who are critically ill with heart problems or are recovering from cardiovascular surgery.

All cardiovascular surgery patients will be brought to the CICU after their surgery. This unit is staffed by a cardiac intensive care doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Rock Pavilion Inpatient Rooms

After a period of time in the CICU you will be moved to a step-down unit located in the Rock Pavilion, Zone A (Purple), 7th Floor. Patients staying in this unit often have a private room with their own bathroom and shower.

Most cardiovascular surgery patients should expect to stay in the hospital for at least 4 days.

Note for patients and visitors: For your convenience, parking located closer to the Rock Pavilion, Zone A (Purple) is located in the Ontario East Garage.

Get more Patient and Visitor Information to help with your stay at Temple University Hospital.  

Cardiovascular Surgery Virtual Tour

View our virtual tour to help make navigating your cardiovascular surgery stay at Temple as seamless as possible.