Underscoring Winthrop-University Hospital's long tradition of providing world-class cardiac care to thousands of patients each year, the latest report from the New York State Department of Health, once again, placed the Hospital's cardiac care services among the best in the state.
Kevin Marzo, MD
Scott S. Schubach, MD
Cardiac catheterization #1 in state... again
In 2000-2002, for the second, consecutive three-year cycle (latest available figures), Winthrop ranked first in the state with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality rate for all angioplasty procedures - percutaneous interventions (PCI) - including the most critical emergent cases.
"We achieve these outstanding cardiac catheterization outcomes because we have a comprehensive program with highly trained, experienced and skilled full-time and voluntary cardiologists who utilize the most advanced techniques," said Kevin Marzo, MD, Chief, Division of Cardiology.
Winthrop's cardiac catheterization team, which can be mobilized in minutes, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, is renowned for excellence in evaluating the extent of heart damage and offering relief through pioneering, non-surgical methods to keep arteries free of obstructive plaque. "The interventional cardiologists who practice at Winthrop were among the first on Long Island to use the new FDA-approved drug-releasing stents that keep the arteries open following angioplasty procedures," said Dr. Marzo.
Issued regularly, these state reports are used to increase understanding of the health risks that adversely affect the outcome of angioplasty and heart surgery, improve the results of heart disease treatments and cardiac care overall, and provide patients with information that will help them make better decisions about their own care.
Winthrop's Interventional Cardiologists
Chairman of heart surgery... best on Long Island
Kevin Marzo, M.D.
Winthrop Cardiology Associates
Director, Cardiac Catherization Laboratory
Chief, Cardiology Division
Peter Angelopoulos, M.D.
Interventional Cardiology Associates, P.C.
Anthony Gambino, M.D.
Island Cardiac Specialists
Jin Park, M.D.
Long Island Heart Associates
Michael Sassower, M.D.
Cardiovascular Medical Associates, P.C.
Richard Schwartz, D.O.
Island Cardiac Specialists
David Witkes, D.O.
Massapequa Heart Group
For more information, please call (516) 663-2234.
According to the state's report, during the same 2000-2002 cycle, Winthrop's cardiac surgery program also did well. Specifically, Scott S. Schubach, MD, Chairman of Winthrop's Department of Thoracic & Cardio vascular Surgery, had the best personal risk-adjusted mortality rate (0.82 percent) for coronary artery bypass surgery on Long Island -- significantly lower than the statewide rate of 2.26 percent.
"The Hospital's heart surgery program has long been a model for superior open-heart surgery in New York State," said Dr. Schubach. "Our cardiac surgery team is known for exceeding expectations and delivering the highest quality care."
With more people turning to Winthrop each year for heart surgery, the Hospital's recently opened 26,000-sq.-ft. Heart Surgery Center has been designed to meet the growing need and support the staff's ability to provide a seamless continuum of care.
"Winthrop's excellent position in the state's rankings reflects the extraordinary skill and exceptional care provided by our cardiac care professionals," said Daniel P. Walsh, Winthrop's President and CEO.
For more information about Winthrop's cardiac care services, call the Institute for Heart Care, 1-800-443-2788 or visit www.winthrop.org.