Stacie R. Ward-Santangelo, RN, MS, APN, CHFN, CCNS, works as an advanced practice nurse in cardiology and heart failure with Community Physicians. Additionally, she is charged with working with various facilities, and her esteemed colleagues, developing ‘skilled heart units’ in nursing and rehab facilities across the Chicagoland area.
Stacie is board-certified in advanced heart failure and cardiology. She has extensive experience working in respected and growing cardiac programs in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. She is responsible for the program development of cardiac transplantation and mechanical support programs, which are successful and viable today.
Stacie had received many awards and honors during her career. She received Nurse of the Year at University of Chicago, Volunteer of the Year for the American Heart Association, "Stand out amongst your Peers" award from Abbott for her work in cardiovascular research, Patient Satisfaction Award for consistently being in the 99th percentile for patient satisfaction at Northwestern Medicine, and most recently, elected to be on a national committee " Thought Leaders Forum" for research in advanced heart failure. She publicly speaks at national and local meetings.
Stacie is considered an expert amongst her peers and physicians colleagues alike in general cardiology, advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support, and cardiac transplantation. She is highly motivated and has a keen interest in research, guideline directed therapies, and education of both practitioners, students, and patients/families.