Vol. 8 No. 1
March 1998

Insuring Quality Community Healthcare

Winthrop's Advance Directive Initiative

The Winthrop South Nassau University Health System Opens Homecare*America Superstore in Mineola

Winthrop Welcomes Three New Directors

Winthrop Opens a Second, Fully Monitored Neurosurgical Intermediate Care Unit

Winthrop's $12 Million New Life Center is on Track for July, l998

Winthrop's Long Island Regional Poison Control Center Observes Fifth Anniversary of Averting Danger, Saving Lives

Patient Unit is Dedicated to the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Long Island's First Dual Chamber Defibrillator is Implanted in Winthrop's Electrophysiology Lab

Report from The Heart Institute at Winthrop: Third Cardiac Catheterization Lab is Authorized by State Department of Health

Winthrop's Artificial Heart Device Program: A Revolutionary Treatment for End-Stage Heart Disease Patients

Winthrop's Dialysis Centers Receive National Award for Patient Encouragement - One of Only Six Programs in the United States to be Recognized

Endoscopic Ultrasound: On The Forefront of Technology

Long Island Chapter of Impotents Anonymous Meets at Winthrop, Filling an Intimate Need ---Confidentially

Winthrop's Stem Cell Autologous Transplantation Therapy Program Saves a Life - And Can Save More!

Winthrop Adds Powerful New Radiological Intervention

Winthrop Auxilians Donate Service, Talent, and Creative Fundraising

Winthrop's Division of Reproductive Medicine Makes Parenthood Possible

Dialysis is technology...but caring is an art.

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Cardiac Catheterization is the state-of-the-art diagnostic procedure for many patients who have suffered an attack of angina pectoris - severe chest pain and shortness of breath - or whose cardiac stress test has revealed high risk findings. Patients are understandably anxious to know whether they have a serious cardiac problem - and if so, they want to have something done about it, right away. The last thing the patient or the cardiologist needs is a long wait.

Winthrop-University Hospital now has the approval of the New York State Department of Health to open a third Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. The authorization was announced by Richard Steingart, MD, Chief of Cardiology, who received the State's official endorsement of Winthrop's Certificate of Need.

"The Cardiac Catheterization Lab is the mirror on the breadth of our comprehensive cardiovascular services," says Dr. Steingart.

New York State has only authorized the opening of new cardiac catheterization labs in "Centers of Excellence" - healthcare facilities which have already demonstrated quality cardiac services rendered to high volumes of patients; maintenance of an active research program; and evidence of acceptable patient outcomes. Winthrop, a major regional tertiary care center, more than qualified in all three categories.

Winthrop has experienced a dramatic growth during the last decade in cardiology services and number of patients. During l997, cardiac catheterization volume grew to 4,917 procedures, occasioning the need for a third cardiac catheterization laboratory.
As a referral hospital for Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens counties, Winthrop has never turned away a patient. The addition of a third lab will reduce waiting time, and greater numbers of patients will be served in a more timely manner.

Kevin Marzo, MD, recently appointed Director of Winthrop's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, adds, "The third lab will provide even more immediate access to urgent coronary interventions, not only for our community, but for residents of Eastern Long Island, who are seeking care at Winthrop with greater frequency."

As Chief of Cardiology, Dr. Steingart is especially mindful of the enhancement of quality: "Quality is related to the volume of procedures, research, and teaching. The Heart Institute's comprehensive range of services - prevention, diagnosis, intervention, research, teaching, and community education - confirms our commitment to the pursuit of quality."

The Cardiac Catheterization Service can be reached at 516/663-2396.

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