State Report Ranks LIJ as New York's Best Hospital for Angioplasty Survival

Friday, April 4, 2008 General News
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NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., April 4, 2008 A new state reportshows that Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center in New Hyde Park was rankedthe best hospital in New York for angioplasty success rates. LIJ was the onlyhospital to receive a prestigious double-star ranking, meaning its outcomeswere significantly better from a statistical standpoint than the statewideaverage. Angioplasty is a procedure used to clear blocked heart arteries andincrease blood flow.

The latest three-year report (encompassing data from 2003-05), released onWednesday by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), reviewed risk-adjusted angioplasty outcomes for 50 hospitals and more than 300 cardiologistsperforming the procedure. The report showed that Lawrence Y. Ong, MD,director of interventional cardiology at North Shore University Hospital(NSUH), was among four cardiologists in New York State with superior outcomes.

During the three-year period, LIJ had an angioplasty caseload of 5,238 anda risk-adjusted mortality rate (RAMR) of 0.64 percent, marking the fourthconsecutive report in which the hospital's outcomes were significantly betterthan the statewide average. It was the first time that a hospital has receiveda double star for four consecutive releases since New York State began totrack angioplasty outcomes in 1995. LIJ was also one of only two hospitals inNew York -- and the only one in the New York metropolitan area -- that hadsignificantly better angioplasty outcomes involving patients who sufferedheart attacks (a RAMR of 1.51 percent).

"Being the only hospital in New York State to get a double star forangioplasty outcomes for four consecutive years is an extraordinaryachievement for LIJ cardiologists and their staff," said Stacey Rosen, MD,chief of cardiology at LIJ. "But the true winners are our patients in Queensand Long Island who have access to our top-ranking cardiologists and ourservices."

Included in the DOH report is the collective risk profile of theangioplasty patients for each hospital and physician. "With the HealthDepartment's most recent report, consumers have an opportunity to review theclinical outcomes of hospitals and cardiologists performing angioplasty intheir region and make an informed decision about their healthcare choices,"said Stanley Katz, MD, senior vice president of cardiovascular services forthe North Shore-LIJ Health System, who is also a member of the New York StateDepartment of Health Cardiac Advisory Committee.

LIJ is the only hospital in the state to perform a majority of angioplastyprocedures using the radial approach, a technique in which the procedure isperformed through the patient's wrist instead of the groin. The radialapproach has been shown to reduce bleeding complications and allows forquicker walking after the procedure. The hospital's Cardiac CatheterizationLab is headed by Barry Kaplan, MD.

The DOH's full report can by found online at:www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/heart/heart_disease.htm. Scroll down to"percutaneous coronary interventions."

SOURCE North Shore-LIJ Health System


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