Duke Heart Network

Connecting world-class expertise with community-based care

The Duke Heart Network links community-based cardiovascular programs with the expertise of Duke Health.

With the resources of the Duke Heart Center, ranked fifth in the nation for adult cardiology and heart surgery (US News & World Report, 2016), our multidisciplinary team of experts collaborates with affiliates to translate the latest evidence-based guidelines into best practices to enhance the quality of cardiovasular care in their local communities.

In addition, the Duke Heart Network facilitates process improvement to achieve exceptional outcomes through balanced scorecards and benchmarking and supports continuous learning through ongoing education.

Our Approach

Duke Heart Network affiliates range from facilities with diagnostic catheterization lab capabilities to those with full cardiovascular services including open heart surgery.  Our affiliations are tailored to meet the needs of your program and begin with an initial cardiovascular program assessment which includes a report of customized findings and programmatic recommendations.  Our affiliation models include the following:

  • Education and Outcomes Registry: Our training for local providers and staff expands the availability of quality-driven services and ensures community heart programs meet patient expectations for safety, exceptional outcomes and a positive health care experience through the development of program-specific metrics and CME opportunities.
  • Advanced Specialty Training:  The Duke Heart Center provides advanced specialty training and education for ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation for select physicians and hospitals. 
  • Heart Program Affiliation: We work with our heart affiliates on program development and enhancement by defining best practices while improving quality. We offer access to evidence-based guidelines and practices, education, CME/CE and research support. Service differentiators include multidisciplinary models of care, subspecialty programmatic advisory support including heart failure, electrophysiology, peripheral vascular procedures and other supporting disciplines. As a comprehensive service offering, co-branding as a Duke Health affiliate is available to our heart program affiliates.

The Duke Heart Network  Team

Amy Kessenich, MHA/MPA, RN
Senior Director, Duke Heart Network
Candi Van Vleet, DHA, NREMT-P, BSN, RN
Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) Coordinator
Kirby Forbes
Administrative Assistant
Laurie VanCamp, MSN, RN
Associate Clinical Director, Duke Heart Network
Jean M. Klingenberger, MBA/MHA, RN
Associate Clinical Director, Duke Heart Network
James E. Tcheng, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FESC
Chief Medical Information Officer

Latest Heart Network News

Feb8UPHS-Marquette Cath LabUPHS-Marquette has a new tool to help heart patients. It's a $2 million catheterization lab and is …
Nov18Frye Regional's work recognized by American Heart AssociationThe American Heart Association (AHA) presented Frye Regional Medical Center with three awards Tuesda…
Apr26Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular Celebrates 10 YearsSoutheastern Health’s Healthy Connection radio program featured Bryan Hilbourn and Kimberly McGill f…
Feb23Southeastern Health Take it to Heart: Red Dress Luncheon Celebrates SurvivorsSurvivors were celebrated, fashion was shared and good health was encouraged during the ninth annual…

Upcoming Heart Events

May 22Duke Heart
Save the Date: Duke Stanford Cardiovascular Research Symposium
Monday & Tuesday, May 22-23, 2017
JB Duke Hotel Durham, NC
Duke Heart Network Affiliates


To learn more about The Duke Heart Network or to talk with a member of our team, call 919-419-5000, email affiliationnetworks@duke.edu or complete the form below.

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