Monday, July 07, 2014
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Consumer Reports
has ranked St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center among the highest in the United States when it comes to heart surgery
. The rating for heart bypass surgery and aortic valve replacement surgery, plus the two combined, puts St. Joseph’s in a very elite class – which includes only 15 hospitals out of more than 400 nationwide.
The national ranking adds to several other recognitions St. Joseph’s has received for its cardiac care services, including HealthGrades
100 Best Hospitalsfor Coronary Intervention™, Top 10% in the nation for coronary interventional procedures, and the Society of Chest Pain Center and Society for Thoracic Surgeons
(three out of three star rated). In addition, St. Joseph’s cardiac care program is the area's only nationally certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
, has been selected as the only hospital in Central New York to provide Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
, and is the only hospital in CNY offering PPM and ICD lead management including lead extractions.
St. Joseph’s is fully accredited for cardiac catheterization by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence
(ACE), the first hospital in New York and the second in the United States to accomplish accreditation in all three cardiovascular quality disciplines with the ACE: diagnostic cath, PCI and carotid artery stenting.
"Our entire team could not be more proud of these results,” said G. Randall Green, MD
, who serves as St. Joseph’s program director for cardiac surgery. “We deliberately chose the STS database, and the goal to achieve three stars in all categories almost three years ago. The physicians and hospital administration have worked very closely since then to build a structure compatible with meeting the goal. In the end, the credit really goes to every single person on our team who puts the patient first, and relentlessly pursues being the best in their space."
, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s praised the cardiac care services team that has earned the Consumer Reports distinction, saying “Our cardiac care team is the best anywhere – they exemplify high quality healthcare for the region.”
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, N.Y., providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies
and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center’s cardiac surgery team has been ranked
in the top 15 in the country, according to Consumer Reports. The surgeons
include (from left to right) Ahmed Nazem, MD; Charles Lutz, MD;
Mehdi Marvasti, MD; G. Randall Green, MD; and Zhandong Zhou, MD.