BAY SHORE, NY –Southside Hospital in Bay Shore marked its fifth anniversary performing life-saving open heart procedures on Valentine’s Day.
Since the first open heart surgery was performed on February 14, 2011, about 2,000 people have had life-saving open heart surgery at Southside Hospital. People have since been able to receive these vital services close to their homes, which is particularly important in cardiac cases when every minute counts.
Northwell Health, then the North Shore-LIJ Health System, saw a void in Suffolk County regarding access to cardiac surgical services and filled it five years ago by initiating the North Shore University Hospital cardiac surgical program at Southside.
Since its inception, the cardiac surgery department at Southside has performed many innovative procedures, including minimally-invasive ones, and has expanded to include world-class physicians, including most recently Harold Fernandez, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Southside and director of surgical heart failure at Northwell Health.
“I cannot express how proud I am of the Northwell Health and Southside Hospital leadership for enabling these life-saving services to be available for the people of Suffolk County’s South Shore,” said Alan Hartman, MD, chairman of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Southside and senior vice president and executive director of cardiothoracic services at Northwell Health. “The Southside cardiothoracic surgical team has impacted many lives and will continue to evolve to meet the needs of the people it serves.”
For more information about Southside Hospital’s cardiac surgical services, call 631-968-3525.