Luce Heart Institute at The Medical Center, Navicent Health Celebrates 10 Years of Service

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Navicent Health celebrated the tenth  anniversary of its Albert Luce, Jr., Heart Institute at The Medical Center, Navicent Health. Physicians, clinicians, caregivers, former patients and philanthropic donors who made the hospital’s dream of constructing a dedicated heart center a reality gathered to celebrate the Institute’s impact on healthcare and the many lives it has touched.
Serving patients since 2008, the Institute is named for Albert L. “Buddy” Luce, Jr. Luce, retired Blue Bird Corporation President and CEO, contributed $3 million toward the construction of the Institute. Luce, a Fort Valley native, donated to the project weeks after receiving heart treatment at what was then known as The Medical Center of Central Georgia.
“Buddy was happy to do his part to make this Institute a reality. He was especially glad to have the very best physicians and caregivers in the field right here in Macon, to meet the healthcare needs of central and south Georgians. We are thrilled to see that care continuing and expanded a decade later,” said Mrs. Betty Luce.
More Georgians die each year from cardiovascular disease than from all forms of cancer, AIDS, suicides and traffic accidents combined. The Luce Heart Institute provides a full range of cardiovascular services and is a regional leader in comprehensive and advanced techniques for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Over the past 10 years, the Institute has led the industry in new program, procedures and technologies, including the following:
Left Atrial Appendage Closure

Left Ventricular Assist Device for advanced heart failure patients

Micra TPS, the world’s smallest pacemaker

Structural heart and valve care, including Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Vascular and endovascular surgical options

Cardiothoracic surgery

HomeWorks, a continued care program for heart failure patients

HeartWorks, a nationally-certified cardiothoracic rehabilitation program
“For over a decade, the Luce Heart Institute has provided hope and healing to patients from central and south Georgia, and beyond. As someone who’s family has been affected by heart disease, I am proud to celebrate this 10 year anniversary milestone with those who have contributed to this wonderful institute, and look forward to impacting the lives of patients and their loved ones – allowing them to live life to its fullest potential – for many years to come,” said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE, President and CEO of Navicent Health.