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A Culture of Innovation

At Maimonides, we have pioneered some of the most sophisticated procedures in medicine. We recognized early on that investing in technology would dramatically improve patient care, reduce errors and speed decision-making.

In 1981, the first fine needle aspiration biopsy in the nation was done here, eliminating the need for surgery and hospitalization. Today, this procedure is widely used in the diagnosis of cancer.

In 2001, Maimonides was the first U.S. hospital to use robotic surgery for pediatric patients. Robotic surgery allows the surgeon to use computer imagery to guide robotic arms during surgery, far more precisely than those of a human hand. Today, robotic surgery is employed in a wide range of procedures.

Advancing Medicine and Patient Care

  • 1966 - Implantation of first mechanical heart
  • 1970  - Intra-aortic balloon pump developed in the Research Lab. This and the pacemaker continue to save lives today
  • 1981 - First "day" hospital for cancer patients offering outpatient chemotherapy
  • 1982 - Surgical technique developed by Joseph Cunningham, MD to detect and reduce spinal cord ischemic injury during repair of aortic aneurysms
  • 1983 - First angioplasty during a heart attack performed by Jacob Shani, MD
  • 1992 - The Shani Right, a specialized catheter, invented by and named for Dr. Shani
  • 1997  - Dr. Shani invents wrist clamp to aid in radial artery catheterization.
  • Maimonides is one of the first hospitals nationwide to introduce a computerized order entry system. Allowing doctors to enter prescriptions, lab test requests and view results, greatly decreasing medication errors.
  • 2001 - First hospital in the United States to implement fully automatic external cardiac defibrillators at the bedside
  • 2005 - One of 40 hospitals in the US reversing stroke symptoms with interventional neuroradiology techniques
  • Today - Maimonides boasts an extensive information technology system that allows staff physicians and patients' private doctors to electronically access clinical records and radiologic images-in a patient's room, off-site or even at home. Doctors have access to a patient's medical record when they need it most.