Vanderbilt Heart

 While You're Visiting

  • If you need a break, spend time in our courtyard or take a walk on the 2nd floor plaza.
  • The food court is on the 2nd floor of the main hospital. Subway, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Ben and Jerry's are on the 2nd floor of the Children's Hospital.
  • Other food options are available within walking distance of Vanderbilt Medical Center.  Please ask the Guest Service desk or staff for information.
  • Free coffee is available in the 5th floor waiting room Monday - Friday until 5 p.m.  Coffee service on the 2nd floor is available on weekends until 6 p.m. 
  • Vanderbilt Heart offers free valet parking. Self parking is also available at the Central Garage off Dixie Place. Click here for more information.
  • For instructions on how to connect to our wireless network, click here.

Hotel Accommodations

For a list of hotels in Nashville sorted by price, distance from Vanderbilt and other criteria, visit the Community Resources page. We suggest calling the hotel directly to ask if they offer a medical rate.

Patient Rooms

  • Feel free bring in pictures of your loved one, family members and friends. It can make the hospital room more comfortable, and it helps us get to know our patients a little better.
  • Please limit your personal belongings to what will fit in the closet.
  • Live plants, fruit baskets and latex balloons are not allowed in the patient rooms. Artificial plants, cards and Mylar (shiny) balloons are acceptable.



Gift Shop

A full service gift shop offers flowers, snacks, greeting cards, books, magazines, tTshirts, mylar balloons and other small gifts. The gift shop is on the second floor of the hospital above the lobby. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, noon-5 p.m. weekends. Call 322-3422 or click here for more information.


The Courtyard Cafe
The Courtyard Cafe is on the 2nd floor of the hospital and serves a full range of cuisines. Most hot foods are served only at mealtime. Other areas are open every day from 6 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 343-9759 for hours of serving and daily specials.

Susie's Espresso Carts
Susie's Espresso Carts serve gourmet beverages, sandwiches and sides during normal business hours in the Courtyard Cafe, the lobby of Medical Center North and the main Hospital lobby.

Restaurants at Vanderbilt
Baja Fresh: 2nd floor inside the Courtyard Cafe
Subway, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream: 2nd floor of Children's Hospital

Vending Machines
Vending machines are in the following areas:

  • Main Hospital (most floors)
  • Medical Center North (2nd floor)
  • Courtyard Cafe

Local Restaurants
There are many restaurants within walking distance of the Vanderbilt campus. A sampling:


Smoking Policy

Vanderbilt is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the premises. We can provide you with information to help you quit smoking if you desire. Trust us, your heart will thank you.

Facility Hours and Locations

Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute Clinic 
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
5th floor, Medical Center East (MCE), South Tower

Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
9 a.m.- 9 p.m. daily
5th floor, Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), North Tower

Cath/EP (Electrophysiology) Labs:
6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday
1st floor, Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), room 1201

Cardiac MRI:
7 a.m.- 5p.m. Monday-Friday
1st floor, The Vanderbilt Clinic (TVC), Suite 1750

Diagnostic Testing
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
5th floor, Medical Center East, South Tower

Cardiovascular Step-Down Unit
8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
7th floor, Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), North Tower

6 South
8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
6th floor, Vanderbilt University Hospital, South Tower

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is a ministry of compassion dedicated to meeting patients' and families' spiritual needs. To learn more about the pastoral care offered at Vanderbilt, chapel services and more, visit:

For further information on the Vanderbilt Department of Pastoral Care, call (615) 343-3535 or click here to visit their website.


Vanderbilt Heart patients can expect that their information will be 100% confidential and secure.

While you're here, please respect the privacy and confidentiality of other patients and families. Please don't look into other patients' rooms. Also, before entering a room with a closed door or curtain, please knock and make sure it's OK to enter.

For more information, please click here to visit the Information Privacy & Security site.


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