IMG_0416On October 13, 2015, The Bob and Judy Hale Heart Center, the new home of the Lown Cardiovascular Group, was formally dedicated in a state of the art suite of offices, examination rooms and cardiac testing laboratories at 830 Boylston Street, Suite 205 (Route 9) in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Rob Hale and his mother, Judy Hale, attended the opening and eloquently spoke of their confidence that the Group would maintain the standard of excellence in cardiovascular care, medical education, and innovation in clinical medicine that would be  an ongoing tribute and memorial to Bob Hale, a long-standing supporter of the Group’s mission. The generous support provided by the Hale family has made our new Center possible, infusing new energy to achieving the goals of our new nonprofit organization.

Only 2.5 miles from our former location and 2 miles from the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH), the new Center has been warmly received by our patients who find access as well as parking to be easy. Immediately adjacent to 850 Boylston Street, a well- known BWH outpatient facility, a shared free valet parking service provides for comfortable access for patients who may require assistance.

The new conference room is a center for teaching medical students, staff, and the wider medical community and helps us fulfill our goal of maintaining a voice for common sense and humanity in the fast paced, fragmented and highly technical medical environment. It is here that we gather weekly to assess our progress, to formulate new goals and programs and to maintain the special relationship we have created within the greater Harvard Medical community.

We have incorporated a Sports Cardiology Laboratory to our new space and look forward to helping highly tuned student athletes as well as middle age and older athletes assess and improve performance. In addition to the treadmill, we are now able to test exercise capacity on both a stationary bicycle and ergometer (rowing machine). New specialized diagnostic instruments allow an evaluation of both heart and lung function and measure efficiency of training protocols.

In an adjacent office, Beth Reardon, an accomplished nutritionist, is available to consult on a wide array of dietary advice from weight management and salt restriction to optimization of athletic performance. Mary, Lisa, Jill, and Marq maintain a standard of excellent diagnostic testing in the echo, exercise, nuclear and vascular laboratories. Helene, Sharon, Valinda, and Vanessa continue to provide the exceptional nursing and technical care to our patients. This dedicated clinical staff maintains the special connection that we strive to achieve with all of our patients.