NYU Langone Medical Center’s Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for Angioplasty Among the Best in New York State

March 26, 2012 - 11:34am

The New York State (NYS) Department of Health’s (DOH) 2007-2009 Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) report identifies NYU Langone Medical Center as one of three hospitals in NYS with a risk-adjusted mortality rate significantly lower than the state average for non-emergency procedures of PCI, which is also known as angioplasty. Additionally, NYU Langone is one of six hospitals with a risk-adjusted mortality rate that is significantly lower than the state average for all cases. 

“Cardiology and cardiac surgery have long been areas of clinical excellence at the medical center,” said Andrew Brotman, MD, senior vice president, vice dean for clinical affairs and strategy, and chief clinical officer at NYU Langone. “We are extremely proud of the skills of our physicians and surgeons which, when coupled with our ongoing commitment to ensuring the highest levels of patient quality and safety, place us among the best cardiac programs in New York State.”
New York is one of the few states in the country that closely monitors mortality rates of PCI patients. To provide patients with an important quality indicator, the PCI report evaluated hospital data on mortality rates of inpatients following a PCI procedure as well as mortality rates of patients within 30 days of discharge. The data is submitted by hospitals each year, and NYS releases a new report based on this data every two to three years.
Cardiovascular disease kills more men and women in all ethnic groups in the United States than any other disease each year. Risk factors include high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, obesity and lack of exercise. In addition to making lifestyles changes to treat these risks, a common treatment for cardiovascular disease is PCI. The procedure is done by inserting a catheter at the site of a blockage in a coronary artery through which balloons and stents are used to open up the blockage. PCIs are often used in non-emergency cases and used less often in emergency cases.
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, part of the Cardiac & Vascular Institute at NYU Langone, increased its PCI procedures by 50 percent from 2007 to 2009, totaling more than 2,700 PCIs. In 2009 the catheterization lab moved into a state-of-the-art facility, as well as increased its team of dedicated specialists by 40 percent beginning in 2008.
“Our world-class team is dedicated to providing complete care for each patient throughout the entire healthcare experience, from preventative cardiology screenings, to PCIs, to post-discharge follow-up calls from a cardiac nurse,” said James N. Slater, MD, director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory and professor of medicine in the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology at NYU Langone. “I am very proud of our team for being recognized as among the best for PCI care in New York,” Dr. Slater added.
NYU Langone Medical Center was also recently recognized as a leading cardiovascular hospital in the United States for its high-quality cardiovascular care and excellent performance in key clinical measures by Thomson Reuters in their “Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals 2012 Award” listing. The medical center is the only hospital in New York State to be honored with the 2012 award. Read more here.
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