Robert Kalimi, MD, and Harold Fernandez, MD, of Southside Hospital’s Heart & Lung program, were among New York State’s top-performing cardiothoracic surgeons, according to a recently released state Department of Health (DOH) report on risk-adjusted outcomes for adult cardiac surgery.
Dr. Kalimi, Southside’s chair of cardiothoracic surgery, and Dr. Fernandez, the hospital’s director of cardiothoracic surgery who joined Southside in 2015, were two of nine cardiac surgeons statewide whose outcomes were significantly better than the statewide average.
In addition to outcomes of individual surgeons, the DOH analyzed 62,744 total adult cardiac surgeries performed at 38 hospitals performing open-heart surgeries from 2014-16. Southside performed 1,184 cardiac surgeries during the three-year reporting period, achieving the best risk-adjusted outcomes of any cardiothoracic program in Suffolk County.
“Southside Hospital has worked tirelessly to bring top-notch heart and cardiothoracic care to Suffolk County residents since the program’s inception in 2011,” said Donna Moravick, NP, executive director of Southside, a member of Northwell Health. “I want to congratulate these two fine surgeons as well as the entire multidisciplinary team, including our nurses, anesthesiologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and technicians who help us achieve these high-quality results for our patients.”
Northwell Health has made significant investments in equipment and other technology that established Southside Heart & Lung as a destination for top-flight cardiac care. Through its clinical research, the hospital has also integrated innovative new surgical approaches, becoming the first hospital in the Northeast to participate in the SUMMIT clinical trial involving Abbott’s Tendyne Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR) system, which enables patients to avoid invasive surgery.
Southside Heart & Lung’s specialists have ranked among the top five percent in the country for cardiac surgery for two years in a row, according to Healthgrades, an independent group that analyzes hospital quality. In addition, Southside Hospital was the first hospital on Long Island to be recognized for its heart attack care by the American Heart Association with the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline gold award, receiving the recognition twice. Southside Heart & Lung was also named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health based on its performance in risk-adjusted mortality and complications, 30-day readmission rates and other key patient metrics.