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CHS Expands Cardiac Services at Mercy Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital

March 4, 2020
St. Francis Cardiac Cath.

Catholic Health Services (CHS) is bringing its award-winning St. Francis cardiovascular program closer to home for many Long Island residents with new cardiac catheterization services at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre and St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage.

Supported by a team of renowned cardiac physicians from St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, in Roslyn, the additional services will include percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). This procedure uses a catheter to place a stent to open the heart’s blood vessels that have been narrowed by plaque buildup.

“For more than 50 years, St. Francis has been the region’s leader in cardiac care. Bringing the St. Francis Cardiovascular program to Mercy and St. Joseph will expedite treatment for Long Island residents who need immediate attention,” said St. Francis Hospital President Charles L. Lucore, M.D., MBA. “When a patient is experiencing cardiac distress, every minute is critical and it’s vital to access expert medical care.”

Bolstering the cardiac care services at Mercy and St. Joseph give patients access to the expertise of physicians at St. Francis Hospital, ranked as one of the top hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is nationally ranked in three adult specialties; Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery.

The team is comprised of cardiothoracic surgeons, anesthesiologists, perfusionists and others from St. Francis that have expertise in all types of heart surgery, from conventional, open heart bypass and off-pump coronary artery bypass to the newest, minimally invasive valve procedures, including surgical techniques designed to treat certain cardiac arrhythmias, or irregular heart rhythms.

Also, the St. Francis nursing staff has the prestigious Magnet® designation for excellence in nursing care, an honor that has been earned for three consecutive times. Only about eight percent of hospitals in the U.S. meet the high standards of Magnet®, which is achieved through a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and reviews of nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care and satisfaction.

Led by the heart experts at St. Francis, Catholic Health Services continue to be a leader in treating patients with critical cardiac issues. In 2019, CHS performed more than 18,000 diagnostic catheterization procedures and more than 5,200 PCI procedures.

At Mercy, St. Francis Cardiovascular will enhance the existing diagnostic catheterization program to offer immediate cardiac care to patients presented at the hospital with a heart attack or other significant cardiac issue. Doctors will have the ability to perform an intervention to open the artery through stenting when disease is discovered during a diagnostic catheterization. The capability to restore blood flow and save the heart muscle for patients within 90 minutes is critical.

St. Francis Cardiovascular at St. Joseph will offer immediate cardiac care to patients presenting at the hospital with a heart attack or other significant cardiac issues. This will include the ability to perform an intervention to open the artery through stenting when disease is discovered during diagnostic catheterization.

The expanded St. Francis cardiac services at Mercy and St. Joseph joins the St. Francis Hospital Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip. This provides residents of Suffolk County’s south shore access to a nationally recognized program conveniently located close to home.