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Mount Sinai Medical Center & New York's Columbia University Partner to Provide Best Heart Care

Friday, January 8, 2010 Corporate News J E 4
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Jan. 7 -- Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach is among Florida's most renowned heart hospitals.  New York's Columbia University Medical Center is ranked among the nation's top cardiovascular programs.  Together, they take the best heart care and make it better for South Florida.

Today they announce Mount Sinai Heart Institute, A Partnership with New York's Columbia University -- a relationship that improves care through collaboration.  

"This partnership unites two of the nation's best cardiac programs in Mount Sinai Medical Center and New York's Columbia University.  Together, the best have gotten even better," says Mount Sinai Medical Center President and CEO Steven Sonenreich.  "Our collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center means that we put the best minds in heart care together."

The benefits of the Mount Sinai Heart Institute, a partnership with Columbia University include: the sharing of knowledge, technology and experience for better patient care; availability of innovative research protocols, including new cardiac devices and therapies, that will increase patient treatment options; and coordinated access to physicians and surgeons at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City for heart transplants and procedures not routinely performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center, among others.

The Mount Sinai Heart Institute faculty encompasses an extensive roster of cardiac specialists such as Drs. Joseph Lamelas and Craig Smith.  Joseph Lamelas, M.D., has pioneered an unprecedented approach to minimally invasive cardiac surgery, which enables a single surgeon to perform the same surgery that once required multiple physicians.  Procedures can be completed more quickly and the small incisions needed allows for faster recuperation, shorter hospital stays and fewer complications.  

Craig Smith, M.D., division chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, is one of the nation's leading cardiac surgeons, primarily in valve repair and replacement, coronary artery bypass and thoracic aorta procedures.  He has pioneered new technologies integral to building a preeminent heart/heart-lung transplant programs and has served as an investigator on numerous clinical trials.

About Mount Sinai Medical Center

Founded in 1949, Mount Sinai Medical Center is the largest independent, private, not-for-profit teaching hospital in South Florida.  Mount Sinai's Centers of Excellence combine technology, research and academics to provide innovative and comprehensive care in Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology and Orthopaedics.  One of only six statutory teaching hospitals in the state, Mount Sinai is the hospital of choice for those who seek the level of expertise and care that only a teaching hospital can offer.  The medical center's commitment to quality has garnered prestigious recognition, including designation in 2009 as one of America's Top Hospitals for Geriatrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.

SOURCE Mount Sinai Heart Institute, A Partnership with New York’s Columbia University

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