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Once Again, Cardiac Services at Winthrop Receive High Marks

Recently, Winthrop-University Hospital was the only hospital in New York State � among 51 that are approved to perform angioplasty � to earn the rare and prestigious double-asterisk (**) ranking from the New York State (NYS) Department of Health, indicating that Winthrop has a mortality rate significantly lower than the statewide average for these procedures. The Hospital�s risk adjusted mortality rating for coronary artery bypass was also superior to the state average.

In addition, Kevin Marzo, MD, Chief of Winthrop�s Division of Cardiology, and Scott Schubach, MD, Chairman of the Hospital�s Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, earned the rare and prestigious double-asterisk (**) ranking indicating that their individual outcomes were significantly superior to the statewide average. This marked the second consecutive three-year reporting cycle in which Drs. Marzo and Schubach achieved these impressive standings.

Scott Schubach, MD, Chairman of Winthrop�s Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery (left), and Kevin Marzo, MD, Chief of Winthrop�s Division of Cardiology.
Each year, the New York State Department of Health releases reports on angioplasty and cardiac surgery outcomes across the state. The latest reports, �Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) in New York State� (for angioplasty) and �Adult Cardiac Surgery in New York State� (for coronary artery bypass graft surgery and valve surgery), were compiled based on the most recent data, which covered the three-year period 2004-2006.

�The goal of the Department of Health and Cardiac Advisory Committee is to improve the quality of care in relation to cardiac surgery and angioplasty in NYS,� says the NYS PCI (angioplasty) report. �One hospital (Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola) has a Risk Adjusted Mortality Rate (RAMR) that was significantly lower than the statewide rate.�

�The RAMR is used in this report as a measure of quality of care provided by hospitals and surgeons,� reads the introduction of the Cardiac Surgery report. �If the RAMR is significantly lower than the statewide mortality rate, the provider has a significantly better performance than the State as a whole� The Department of Health feels that this information is a valuable aid in choosing providers for cardiac surgery.�

Winthrop-University Hospital has long been respected for its outstanding cardiac care, delivered through the Winthrop Institute for Heart Care, which offers advanced diagnostics, disease prevention and treatment programs in the full range of cardiac services including interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and cardiac surgery.

For additional information about cardiac services at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP.
Vol. 19, No. 3
Fall 2009

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