LIJ and North Shore Rank Tops for Heart Surgery in New York

LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital rank among the best for cardiac care, according to the New York State Department of Health. In a new report on adult cardiac surgery (covering 2007-09), LIJ was one of only four hospitals in New York State–and the only hospital on Long Island–with risk-adjusted mortality rates that were significantly better than the statewide average; the report covered 676 surgeries to repair or replace heart valves and surgeries for both valve/coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).

Furthermore, LIJ and North Shore University Hospital were among six hospitals in the state–and the only ones on Long Island–distinguished by low, risk-adjusted mortality rates in a separate category analyzing outcomes for CABG, valve or valve/CABG procedures.

The video below shows two LIJ heart surgeons, Robert Palazzo, MD, and S. Jacob Scheinerman, MD, and North Shore University Hospital surgeons Alan Hartman, MD and Robert Kalimi, MD, who were among 13 surgeons statewide to earn the Department of Health’s prestigious double-asterisk for their extraordinary low mortality rates.

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