St. Francis Hospital Ranked Among the Best Again for Cardiac Care, According to New York State Report
Roslyn, New York, March 16, 2012 – St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center® was recognized once again by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for excellence in cardiac care. In its latest cardiac reports, St. Francis was identified as having one of the highest volumes in the state for PCI procedures (coronary angioplasty with stent) and one of the lowest mortality rates. St. Francis was one of six hospitals in the state with risk-adjusted mortality rates significantly below the statewide average, and its cardiologists performed the largest caseload on Long Island. Andrew Lituchy, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at St. Francis, was also recognized for having risk-adjusted mortality rates significantly below the statewide average in non-emergency PCI procedures.
In a companion report on cardiac surgery, three St. Francis surgeons were recognized for their outstanding results: Roberto Colangelo, M.D., and James Taylor, M.D., whose risk-adjusted mortality rates for valve, bypass, and valve/bypass surgery combined were significantly below the statewide average. Harold Fernandez, M.D., was similarly recognized for bypass surgery. Once again, St. Francis had the largest cardiac surgical caseload in the state, a distinction it has held every year since 1992, when the Department of Health began collecting, analyzing and reporting cardiac surgical outcomes.
“These latest reports demonstrate once again that a large cardiac caseload translates into physicians and staff with a high degree of experience, and that experience translates into better outcomes for patients,” said Alan D. Guerci, M.D., President and CEO of St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center. “Our cardiologists and heart surgeons, and the staff teams that work with them, set the highest standards in patient care, and they are to be congratulated for their accomplishments.”
Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) in New York State, 2007-2009 and Adult Cardiac Surgery in New York State, 2076-2009, can be found on the New York State Department of Health website: http://www.health.state.ny.us/statistics/diseases/cardiovascular/
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