ST. JOSEPH’S HEALTH CARDIOVASCULAR INSTITUTE

ST. JOSEPH’S HEALTH CARDIOVASCULAR INSTITUTE

When it comes to your heart, the right people can change everything.

Our team of specially trained surgeons, cardiologists, technologists and nurses works together to evaluate your condition, tailor your treatment plan, coordinate your procedures and keep you informed along the way. It’s a more fluid, effective approach that results in fewer complications, shorter recoveries and longer-lasting benefits for our patients. It’s why we’re one of the leading hospitals in the nation for cardiac surgery.

Having a heart condition reminds us how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken away from us. When your heart’s at stake, EVERY BEAT MATTERS.

STRUCTURAL HEART TEAM

STRUCTURAL HEART TEAM

The First and Only Structural Heart Team in Central New York.

Treating Structural Heart Disease is a complex process requiring that interventional, clinical and surgical skills work together to treat the entire range of conditions that patients present. Having 1 set of specialists work together to address multiple issues is more efficient and effective. We instituted the first and only Structural Heart Program in Central New York, enabling us to achieve better patient outcomes, lower costs and fewer re-admissions.

STRUCTURAL HEART DISEASE

What is Structural Heart Disease?

Structural Heart Disease is a term that encompasses a variety of disorders that affect the heart valves, muscles, and/or walls.

What is the cause?

These defects can be present at birth (congenital) or can develop over time. The incidence of developing structural heart disease increases with age as well as in the presence of hypertension, coronary artery disease, certain infections, and cardiomyopathy.

What are the Most common types?

Valvular Heart Disease

Characterized by damage to or a defect in one of the four heart valves: aortic, mitral, tricuspid, or pulmonic.

Paravalvular Leak

Leaks around prosthetic aortic valves.

Congenital Heart Disease

A problem with the structure of the heart that is present at birth, such as: Patent Foramen Ovale, Atrial Septal Defect and Ventricular Septal Defect.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

A condition in which a portion of the heart becomes thickened, making it hard for the heart to pump blood.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms and severity vary, but the most-common symptoms are:

Chest pain or tightening
Fainting
Fatigue
Heart Attack
Heart Failure
Heart palpitations/irregular heart beats
High blood pressure
Shortness of breath/difficulty exercising
Stroke

What is A Structural Heart Team?

Our Structural Heart Team, the first and only in Central New York, is comprised of interdisciplinary specialists including, medical and interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesia, clinical affiliates, perfusionists, nurses, a Structural Heart Program Coordinator and supporting staff.

What does the team do?

Our Structural Heart Team approach is a new paradigm in Cardiovascular Care in which the team works together to develop the best treatment plan for each patient. The team coordinates their procedures to efficiently address the entire spectrum of pathology that their patient presents. The multidisciplinary approach ensures that our patients will receive the most personal treatment tailored to his/her own condition treatment.

Why is this approach better?

Having multiple issues taken care of by 1 set of specialists working together is more efficient and effective — we are able to achieve better outcomes, lower costs and fewer re-admissions.

MINIMALLY INVASIVE CARDIAC SURGERY PROGRAM

FASTER, EASIER RECOVERIES

We’re pioneers in the field of minimally invasive cardiac surgery — with the most experience of any hospital in the region. By minimizing the surgical incision whenever possible, we help you get back to your life faster. The robotic equipment we use for eligible procedures affords us an unprecedented level of precision.

Our level of expertise and volume of experience enable us to achieve faster recoveries, less pain, lower risk of complications, less blood loss, minimal scarring and shorter hospital stays for many of our cardiac patients.

AWARDS AND DESIGNATIONS

AWARDS AND DESIGNATIONS

Recognized for Excellence

At St. Joseph’s Health, “A Higher Level of Care” is the guiding philosophy driving our continuous improvement in all areas of performance — from technology to safety, and from efficiency to clinical outcomes. Here are just a few measures of our success.

American Heart Association Center of Excellence
We’re 1 of only 8 hospitals in the nation recognized for our integrated and coordinated Systems of Care across our entire service line.
Cardiac Surgery Excellence
We’re 1 of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
High Performing in Heart Bypass Surgery
We received the highest performance rating for Heart Bypass — a type of surgery that removes a blood vessel from the chest, arms or legs and then uses it to detour around or bypass a blockage.
Excellence in Coronary Bypass Surgery
We’ve been recognized as a Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery for 2 years in a row (2017-2018)
1 of the Top 6 in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons recognizes us as one of the top-6 hospitals in the nation for cardiac surgery.
Highest-Rated Hospital for Safety
We're the only hospital in Syracuse to receive an A rating for preventing mistakes; reducing infection rates; and communicating clearly between staff, patients and families.
In Top Eight Percent of Hospitals in the Nation
We’re the only hospital in the region to receive Magnet® designation, the most prestigious achievement recognizing nursing excellence and high-quality inpatient care.
Excellence in Valve Surgery
We’ve been recognized as a Five-Star Recipient for Valve Surgery for 8 years in a row.
Recognized for Cardiac Care
We're recognized for delivering safe and effective cardiac-patient care by BlueCross BlueShield.
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
American Heart Association Center of Excellence
We’re 1 of only 8 hospitals in the nation recognized for our integrated and coordinated Systems of Care across our entire service line.
HEALTHGRADES
Cardiac Surgery Excellence
We’re 1 of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
High Performing in Heart Bypass Surgery
We received the highest performance rating for Heart Bypass — a type of surgery that removes a blood vessel from the chest, arms or legs and then uses it to detour around or bypass a blockage.
HEALTHGRADES
Excellence in Coronary Bypass Surgery
We’ve been recognized as a Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery for 2 years in a row (2017-2018)
THE SOCIETY OF THORACIC SURGEONS
1 of the Top 6 in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons recognizes us as one of the top-6 hospitals in the nation for cardiac surgery.
LEAPFROG
Highest-Rated Hospital for Safety
We are the only hospital in Syracuse to receive an A rating for preventing mistakes; reducing infection rates; and communicating clearly between staff, patients and families.
AMERICAN NURSES CREDENTIALING CENTER
In Top Eight Percent of Hospitals in the Nation
We’re the only hospital in the region to receive Magnet® designation, the most prestigious achievement recognizing nursing excellence and high-quality inpatient care.
HEALTHGRADES
Excellence in Valve Surgery
We’ve been recognized as a Five-Star Recipient for Valve Surgery for 8 years in a row.
BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD
Recognized for Cardiac Care
We're recognized for delivering safe and effective cardiac-patient care by BlueCross BlueShield.
RANKED AMONG THE TOP 15 HOSPITALS IN THE U.S. FOR HEART SURGERY
Consumer Reports ranked St. Joseph’s Health Hospital among the top 15 hospitals in the nation for heart bypass surgery, aortic valve replacement surgery and these two procedures combined, based on patient data of important measures, including complications.
GREATER VOLUME OF PROCEDURES, GREATER EXPERIENCE
We perform more vascular procedures than any other area hospital, according to Inpatient HANYS Market Expert Report, 2016.
BETTER OUTCOMES FROM VASCULAR PROCEDURES
The ACS NSQIP Interim Semiannual Report from 2015–2016 rated us as “exemplary” for lower re-admission rates and shorter lengths of stays for our vascular patients.
Recognized for Excellence in Cardiovascular Care
When it comes to ensuring favorable outcomes, our plan of action is to play to our strengths and — most importantly — to work together across our integrated health care system to give you the best personalized care possible.

CARDIOLOGY

Treating diseases and disorders of the heart, from congenital defects to coronary heart disease and congestive heart failure.

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CARDIAC SURGERY

Using an extensive range of surgical techniques to address more serious disorders of the heart.

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VASCULAR SERVICES

Diagnosing, treating and managing vascular conditions with interventions as minimally invasive as possible.

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CARE FLIGHT

CARE FLIGHT

Nationally acclaimed care at the speed of flight.

When it comes to heart attack and stroke, every second counts. Our Care Flight medical transport program significantly decreases transport time for our patients. We serve a broad swath of the Central New York region — providing comprehensive prehospital, emergency and critical care during transit. Our world-class medical team is standing ready at the hospital, to begin life-saving treatment the moment you land.

The A. John Merola Cardiovascular Center

Housing cardiology, cardiac surgery and vascular teams under 1 roof further strengthens the connections and communications between our cardiovascular specialists, and it allows us to provide even-more-comprehensive care to our patients.

With our advanced facilities and state-of-the-art technologies in the hands of experts, we can continue to achieve the best-possible outcomes for our patients and to provide better patient experiences.

Featuring:

Expanded state-of-the-art electrophysiology lab

7 specialized procedure rooms

New hybrid operating room

Latest technologies and treatments on an outpatient basis

Experience a higher level of care

When it comes to your cardiovascular health, you deserve peace of mind. Put your heart in the best hands.

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