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Maimonides Is Only Hospital in New York with Best of Both Cardiac Specialties


The New York State Department of Health just published its annual reports on patient outcomes for Angioplasty and Adult Cardiac Surgery. As New Yorkers have come to expect, the news for the Maimonides Heart & Vascular Center is once again outstanding.

In fact, Maimonides is the only hospital in the state to have BOTH its Cardiac Surgery and its Angioplasty programs commended for significantly low mortality rates.

The report shows mortality rates for Angioplasty in three categories: Emergency Cases, Non-Emergency Cases and All Cases. Maimonides is the only hospital in the state to achieve significantly low rates in all three categories of Angioplasty for the three-year period reported.  

The Adult Cardiac Surgery Report shows mortality rates for CABG (or heart bypass) Surgery and Valve Surgery. The team of cardiac surgeons at Maimonides was among five teams state-wide that achieved significantly low mortality rates—and the cardiac surgeons at Maimonides achieved mortality rates lower than any program in Manhattan.   

According to Dr. Jacob Shani, Chair of Cardiology, “This is further evidence that our approach to teamwork is the best approach for the people in our care. We’re delighted to provide excellence to our patients across the region.” 

“Our cardiac experts work together daily to provide the very best options for each and every patient,” explains Dr. Greg Ribakove, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery. “It’s a privilege to work with so many outstanding professionals and deliver this level of care to the communities we serve.”

In addition to the accolades mentioned above, our Angioplasty program is one of seven in the state to achieve noteworthy re-admission rates—and the lowest re-admission rate in New York City. This refers to whether or not a patient has complications within 30 days of the original procedure and must return to the hospital for further care.

The formal name of the first report is Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCIs) in New York State. PCIs are better known to the public as angioplasties or other cardiac procedures performed in a minimally-invasive way: a slim catheter is placed within a large blood vessel in the groin or wrist and threaded to the heart. Once there, Interventional Cardiologists look for blockages or other problems and make repairs, as needed. This might include removing plaque build-up on the walls of arteries, delivering medication to those areas, and/or inserting stents into the arteries to keep blood flowing freely. Cardiac Interventions are done via a single puncture of the skin—without incisions.

Cardiac Surgery also is performed more and more in minimally invasive ways, with very small incisions and often without the trauma of opening the ribcage. The Heart Surgeons at Maimonides specialize in these minimally-invasive approaches to surgery, and have pioneered many of the techniques that are now considered best practices across the country.

How the Reports Are Created

The process of reporting, sorting and risk-adjusting this information takes time, so the newest report reflects cases performed in 2014. And, in order to give consumers a better idea of the true level of expertise of any one hospital, the state presents the data for both a single year and a three-year period (2012-2014). The three year report helps eliminate “blips” in the data when a statistical cluster of cases—good or bad—causes unusual rates for any one year.

New York State indicates significantly better-than-expected outcomes with a double-asterisk. The prestigious ** designations received by Maimonides were for the three-year period of 2012-2014.

The Maimonides Heart & Vascular Center has the collective expertise to offer patients the latest strategies for diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of cardiovascular disorders. Among the many elite programs and procedures are:

  • TAVR Procedure – Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement allows cardiac experts to repair or replace a faulty heart valve without major surgery
  • LVAD Destination Therapy – The “bridge to transplant” is now a permanent option for Heart Failure patients who don’t qualify for transplant surgery
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair – Virtual Reality Simulation allows vascular surgeons to rehearse each repair in advance, dramatically lowering surgical risks
  • A-Fib Convergent Therapy – Atrial Fibrillation, a dangerous heart rhythm disorder that increases the risk of strokes, is eliminated by radio-ablation inside and outside the heart

Long known for excellence in cardiovascular care, the Heart & Vascular Center at Maimonides is among the most distinguished in the nation for outstanding patient outcomes. To learn more, call 718-283-8902 or visit here.

Maimonides Medical Center is nationally recognized for clinical excellence across all major specialties. Our accomplished physicians are known for innovation and strengthening our teaching and research programs. With 711 beds, the Medical Center is dedicated to bringing patients the most advanced care available—anywhere. Maimonides continues to grow in response to evolving models of care that better serve patients and families, and is an affiliate of Northwell Health. To learn more, please visit here.