SOURCE: North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

November 23, 2015 12:32 ET

North Shore-LIJ Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology Programs Excel Again in NYS State Outcomes Reports

NEW HYDE PARK, NY--(Marketwired - November 23, 2015) - For the second consecutive year, a newly released state Department of Health (DOH) report showed that North Shore-LIJ's cardiothoracic surgery program at Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center had New York State's best outcomes for open-heart surgeries. Based on a statistical analysis of risk-adjusted outcomes, LIJ Medical Center earned the DOH's prestigious double-star asterisk for success rates that were significantly better than the statewide average for patients undergoing surgeries to repair or replace heart valves and for those in need of surgeries for both valve/coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

In a separate report issued simultaneously by the DOH, North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) in Manhasset was among only four New York State hospitals -- and the only one on Long Island -- with significantly better outcomes for both emergency and elective angioplasty. NSUH was also the only hospital in the entire state with a double-star ranking for emergency angioplasty. Over the three years covered in the report, the hospital performed 4,706 coronary intervention procedures, including angioplasty -- a procedure that clears blocked arteries and improves blood flow to the heart.

The DOH reports analyzed cardiac data from 2010 to 2012, reviewing adult cardiac surgery outcomes at more than 40 hospitals and outcomes from angioplasty procedures -- known as percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) from 74 hospitals.

In addition to NSUH and LIJ, Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, an affiliate of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, also had angioplasty success rates that were significantly better than the statewide average, performing 3,266 procedures over three years.

The DOH report on adult cardiac surgery outcomes involving 48,000 patients statewide showed that LIJ was only one of two hospitals in the state with significantly better success rates for all cardiac surgery, which includes CABG, valve and valve/CABG. S. Jacob Scheinerman, MD, the former vice chair of cardiothoracic surgery at LIJ during the reporting period and now chair of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, was one of only two New York surgeons with a double-star ranking for risk adjusted mortality rates that were among the lowest in the state.

"This is the fourth consecutive reporting period that North Shore-LIJ's Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery was recognized by DOH for significantly lower mortality rates in heart valve and valve/CABG surgeries -- and the second straight year in which the hospital had the best open-heart surgery outcomes in the state," said Alan Hartman, MD, chair of the combined Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center. "That kind of superior performance is a testament to the leadership of Dr. Scheinerman and the extraordinary team of healthcare professionals who are saving lives every day."

Since 2000, DOH has released 11 angioplasty reports. North Shore University Hospital's outcomes have been significantly better than the statewide average six times for all cases -- and 10 times for emergency angioplasty. During that time, the hospital has earned more double-star rankings than any hospital in the state.

"These outstanding results are due to an unparalleled team effort at North Shore University Hospital, its comprehensive approach to all cardiac procedures and an unwavering commitment to the best patient care at every stage in the process," said Stanley Katz, MD, senior vice president and executive director of cardiovascular services at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and a long-time cardiologist at NSUH. "The state's reports provide the public with detailed information about cardiac procedures and hospitals, so consumers can make informed decisions about their healthcare."

To see copies of the DOH reports, go to:

Adult Cardiac Surgery


About North Shore-LIJ Health System -- North Shore-LIJ is changing its name to Northwell Health in January 2016.
One of the nation's largest health systems, the health system delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. The health system cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. The health system's owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 15,000 nurses and have affiliations with nearly 13,600 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, the health system is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to

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