Allied Health Careers in Cardiology at Penn Medicine
Working within the award-winning Penn Heart and Vascular team at Penn Medicine, employees are part of the most advanced, comprehensive heart care available in the Philadelphia region. Utilizing the latest in cardiology technology, the cardiac technicians and registered nurses collaboratively work alongside world-renowned cardiologists treating heart problems that range from the most common to the most complex. Philadelphia magazine's "Top Docs" issues regularly cite more physicians and surgeons from Penn Heart and Vascular than from any other hospital or health system in the region.
As the cardiology departments grow, the EPS Labs, cath labs and vascular suites continue to expand. With procedures similar to those performed in the operating room and the interventional radiology departments, staff gain valuable experience working with high acuity patients. Penn Medicine uses the latest technologies for cardiac diagnostic and interventional procedures, including valvuloplasy, PFO/ASD, ablations (a-fib, a flutter, VT, epicardial VT, SVT, AVNRT, WPW), lead extractions, permanent pacemaker and ICD placement.
At Penn Medicine, employees have the opportunity to be a part of cutting-edge research that advances the field of cardiology, while maintaining work-life balance. EPS lab staff is not required to work nights and holidays, while cath techs are on call approximately every six weeks, without the requirement to work nights and weekends.
The multidisciplinary team approach means employees are respected and counted on for their knowledge while being exposed to a diverse patient population and professional development opportunities.
Allied health careers in cardiology are available at the following Penn Medicine entities:
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
- Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
- Pennsylvania Hospital
Employees enjoy being a part of an outstanding academic environment that offers an exceptional compensation and benefits program, prepaid tuition assistance that is among the best in the region, and a culture that fosters respect, collaboration, and professional development opportunities.
The cardiac catheterization/electrophysiology (EPS) laboratory at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania utilizes state-of-the-art technology for diagnosis and treatment. Procedures performed include angioplasty, Valvuloplasty, percutaneous ASD and PFO closure, ablations, ICD and pacemaker implants, device lead extractions and cardioversions.
The technicians and nurses who work within cardiology find a number of options for learning and growth. Nurses participate in the Clinical Advancement Recognition Program (CARP), with a cardiology-specific career ladder for technicians.
Professionally credentialed and highly focused, the staff enjoys a collegial atmosphere along with many educational opportunities and benefits. Technicians are graduates of an accredited cardiovascular technician program with either RCIS or NAPSI certification along with two years of catheterization or EPS experience and a current BLS/ACLS. The RNs in this laboratory have a minimum of two years of critical care experience, RCIS and/or NASPE Certified and a current BLS/ACLS.
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center's cardiology department combines advanced technology with personalized care from an outstanding team of health care professionals. Employees have the opportunity to utilize their clinical expertise with the most advanced technology available, including two different mapping systems for A-fib, intravascular ultrasound, rotablator, radi pressure wire, angiojet, and an intra-aortic balloon pump.
Cardiology is one of the largest services at Penn Presbyterian, employs state-of-the-art technology, including a hybrid operating room/catheterization lab. The state-of-the-art operating endovascular suite at Penn Presbyterian offers all of the advanced technology and monitoring devices necessary to concurrently perform conventional open-heart surgeries, including coronary artery bypass grafting, valve surgery, endovascular aortic stent grafting and transcatheter valvular therapy, as well as percutaneous coronary interventions and procedures including angioplasty and stenting. The major advantage of these "hybrid" procedures is combining minimally invasive cardiac surgery with percutaneous treatment of aortic and cardiac disease in a single operation, which minimizes recovery time and improving patient outcomes and satisfaction.
Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the staff has the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned endocrinologists, nephrologists, neurologists, radiologists, anesthesiologists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, oncologists, pathologists, dieticians, and experts in rehabilitation medicine and mental health working toward the same goal – continually providing the leading edge care for which Penn Medicine is known.
The high acuity and diverse patient population provide growth and professional development opportunities in an environment that is committed to advancing the field of cardiology.
When patients come to cardiology at Pennsylvania Hospital, they benefit from state-of-the-art treatment from an outstanding multidisciplinary team that includes cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, anesthesiologists, medical technologists and specially trained nurses who are leaders in caring for patients with cardiovascular diseases, ranging from the most common to the most complex.