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Among the Best for Cardiac Surgery and Angioplasty Survival in NY State

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MANHASSET, NY– Two newly released state Department of Health (DOH) reports recognize North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center in New Hyde Park for their cardiac expertise, earning prestigious double-star asterisks for success rates that were significantly better than statewide averages.

The DOH’s latest report on adult cardiac surgery showed that North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) was among New York State’s best hospitals in outcomes for patients undergoing surgeries to repair or replace heart valves and for those in need of surgeries for both valve/coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery .

In a separate DOH report on percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), LIJ Medical Center was one of only two hospitals in New York State with significantly better outcomes for angioplasty survival than the statewide average. (Angioplasty is a procedure used to clear blocked heart arteries and increase blood flow.) In addition, NSUH had significantly better outcomes for patients undergoing emergency angioplasty.

Both the cardiac and PCI reports include data from 2006 to 2008, with data released separately for outcomes in 2008.

For adult cardiac surgery, NSUH was one of only six hospitals in the state – 40 New York State hospitals perform open-heart surgery – to have significantly better outcomes for the 1,721 bypass, valve and bypass/valve surgeries performed during the three-year period covered in the report.

In addition to NSUH’s top rankings in cardiac surgery, two NSUH surgeons (Alan Hartman, MD, and Robert Kalimi, MD) and one LIJ surgeon (Robert Palazzo, MD) were among 12 heart surgeons in New York State to earn double-star designations for outcomes that were significantly better than the statewide average – out of a total of more than 200 surgeons who performed open-heart surgeries during that period. Of special note, Dr. Palazzo performed 252 coronary artery bypass surgeries over the three-year period covered in the DOH report without a single death.

Equally impressive is LIJ’s outlier status among the 54 hospitals that performed angioplasties in 2008 and during the entire three-year period covered in the report. LIJ was one of only two hospitals in the state – and the only one on Long Island -- that had significantly better outcomes for the 1,914 PCI procedures its cardiologists performed in 2008 alone, as well as for the 5,599 procedures performed during the entire three-year period. During the same three-year reporting period, North Shore University Hospital was one of only two hospitals in the state to earn a double-asterisk for its success in performing 960 emergency angioplasties.

Since 2000, the DOH has released seven reports for angioplasty. LIJ has received double-star rankings for all cases in five of those reports, which is more than any other hospital in the state, according to Barry Kaplan, MD, director of the cardiac catheterization lab at LIJ . The hospital’s angioplasty volume has more than doubled over the past decade, from 1,018 in 2000 to 2,358 in 2010. “It requires an unbelievable team effort to obtain and maintain excellent results while performing some of the highest risk procedures in the state.”

“Both DOH reports reaffirm the superior results of the cardiac services being delivered at both LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital,” said Stanley Katz, MD, senior vice president of cardiovascular services for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “These reports issued by the Department of Health provide heart patients and their families with a valuable source of information that they can use to make informed decisions about their cardiac care.”

To see copies of the DOH reports, go to:

Adult Cardiac Surgery


Media Contacts: Betty Olt / Terry Lynam
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