NYS Report Ranks LIJ Medical Center Among State’s Best for Cardiac Surgery; North Shore University Hospital Recognized for Emergency Angioplasty Success

NEW HYDE PARK, NY – Two newly released state Department of Health (DOH) reports rank Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center  in New Hyde Park as having among New York State’s best outcomes for open-heart surgery and North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) in Manhasset for superior survival rates for emergency angioplasty.  Both hospitals earned the prestigious double-star asterisk for success rates that were significantly better than the statewide averages.

According to the DOH’s latest report on adult cardiac surgery (covering 2008-2010), LIJ was one of only three hospitals in the state – and the only one on Long Island and Queens – with risk-adjusted mortality rates that were significantly better than the statewide average for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. In addition, LIJ was one of four hospitals in the state – and the only one on Long Island and Queens – that had significantly better outcomes for patients undergoing surgeries to repair or replace heart valves, and for those in need of surgeries for both valve/CABG surgery.  This is the second time in a row that LIJ has received double-star rankings for superior outcomes in both valve and valve/CABG surgery.

In addition to LIJ’s top ranking in cardiac surgery, two LIJ surgeons (Robert Palazzo, MD  and S. Jacob Scheinerman, MD) – and one NSUH surgeon (Robert Kalimi, MD) were among 11 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 at 40 hospitals who performed open-heart surgeries during that period. This was the third successive report to designate Dr. Palazzo and the second to recognize Dr. Scheinerman for their outstanding surgical outcomes.  Dr. Kalimi earned his third consecutive double-star designation reflecting five years of better than average surgical outcomes.

In a separate DOH report on percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), NSUH was only one of two hospitals in New York State -- and the only one on Long Island -- with statistically superior outcomes for the 939 patients undergoing emergency angioplasty during 2008 to 2010.  Angioplasty is a procedure used to clear blocked heart arteries and increase blood flow. This is the fifth successive report in which NSUH received a double star designation, which reflects six years of better-than-average emergency PCI outcomes.  From an individual standpoint, Loukas Boutis, MD , of NSUH was only of only three cardiologists in New York State – out of a total of more than 300 statewide who performed the procedure at 59 hospitals – who had superior outcomes for emergency and non-emergency angioplasty. This is the second consecutive year Dr. Boutis received this designation.

“The state’s annual DOH report provides cardiac surgeons and cardiologists with valuable information on the outcomes of open heart surgery and angioplasty procedures so they can examine their results to improve the quality of care at their hospitals,” said Stanley Katz, MD senior vice president for cardiovascular services and chair of cardiology at NSUH and LIJ Medical Center.  “Heart disease continues to be the number one cause of death in the state and in the country.  As North Shore-LIJ increases its prevention and wellness initiatives, and adds cutting-edge, less-invasive cardiac technologies, heart patients and their families will find this data extremely helpful as they make choices about their cardiac care.”

According to the DOH study, the number of cardiac bypass procedures performed in New York State dropped in 2010 as physicians are using less invasive treatment for heart disease.  Cardiac surgeries decreased from 20,220 in 1997 to 11,445 in 2007.  Mortality rates for CABG procedures also fell during that same time from 1.79 in 2009 to 1.58 in 2010.

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