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Northwell hospitals among state’s best for cardiac surgery


For the seventh consecutive reporting period, a newly released state Department of Health (DOH) report showed Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center in New Hyde Park with the state's best outcomes for certain types of open-heart surgery.

The cardiovascular teams at LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital combined their expertise to form the highly specialized Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital.

Based on the DOH's statistical analysis of risk-adjusted outcomes for adult cardiac surgery discharges from 2013-2015, LIJ's cardiothoracic team was recognized for better survival rates for patients undergoing surgeries for isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), the repair or replacement of heart valves, and for those in need of surgeries for both valve and CABG surgery. LIJ and Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn (a Northwell affiliate) were two of only four hospitals in the state with significantly better outcomes than the statewide average, earning DOH's prestigious double asterisk for their performance for valve or valve/CABG surgery.

Southside Hospital in Bay Shore was among four hospitals in the state to receive the double asterisk for decreased readmission rates for isolated CABG surgery in 2015

The DOH report analyzed 60,052 total adult cardiac surgeries, including isolated CABG, valve, valve/CABG, TAVR (Transcatheter aortic valve replacement), and other cardiac surgeries performed at 40 hospitals from 2013-2015. Six Northwell hospitals – Lenox Hill, LIJ, NSUH, Maimonides, Staten Island University Hospital and Southside performed 8,634 total cardiac surgeries.

From an individual standpoint, L. Michael Graver, MD, who now operates at the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital, was one of four cardiothoracic surgeons statewide who had one of the lowest, statistically significant, risk adjusted mortality rates among the more than 140 cardiac surgeons evaluated for isolated CABG, valve or valve/CABG surgery from 2013-2015. Frank Rosell, MD, of Staten Island University Hospital, also distinguished himself during the three-year reporting period, performing 259 isolated CABG surgeries with zero mortality that was statistically significant – the only physician in the state to receive a double asterisk in this surgical category.

"Our cardiothoracic surgeons have demonstrated superior performance along with their specialized cardiac teams in providing life-saving treatment to the patients we serve," said Alan Hartman, MD, senior vice president and executive director of cardiothoracic services at Northwell Health. "We look forward to the state's next report which will include outcomes from LIJ and NSUH's cardiac surgery teams that were fully integrated at North Shore University Hospital."

To see a copy of the DOH report, go to:

Adult cardiac surgery

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