Maimonides #1 in State for Cardiac Angioplasty and Stents

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Physicians looking for the best cardiac care for their patients can continue sending them to Mailmonides with renewed confidence. According to the New York State Department of Health, Maimonides is #1 for outstanding patient outcomes in angioplasty and stents.

It was the eighth year in a row that the Interventional Cardiologists at Maimonides Medical Center, 4802 10th Avenue in Borough Park, were named the top performing physicians statewide in their specialty.

“Our interventional cardiologists are giants in their field, and the state’s annual report confirms it,” announced Maimonides President and CEO Kenneth Gibbs. “This is yet another reason why more and more patients are choosing to get their care right here, for the highest level of excellence available—anywhere.”

“This is great news for our patients and their families,” said Dr. Jacob Shani, Chair of Cardiology. “It’s also a testament to the clear success of our team-approach to diagnosis and treatment at the Maimonides Heart & Vascular Institute.”

“Multiple specialists weigh-in on each and every case,” agreed Dr. Robert Frankel, Director of Interventional Cardiology. “And in a cardiac emergency, no hospital does angioplasty better than Maimonides.”

Maimonides has the only Hybrid ORs in Brooklyn—the most advanced surgical arenas available for the most complex interventions and procedures.

The New York State report shows mortality rates for Angioplasty in three categories: Emergency Cases, Non-Emergency Cases and All Cases. Maimonides is once again the only hospital in the state to achieve significantly low rates in all three categories for the three-year period reported, and achieved the lowest mortality rate in the state for both All Cases and Emergency Cases.

The formal name of the report is Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCIs) in New York State. PCIs are better known to the public as angioplasties or other cardiac procedures performed in a minimally-invasive way: a slim catheter is placed within a large blood vessel in the groin or wrist and threaded to the heart.

Once there, Interventional Cardiologists look for blockages or other problems and make repairs, as needed. This might include removing plaque build-up on the walls of arteries, delivering medication to those areas, and/or inserting stents into the arteries to keep blood flowing freely. Cardiac Interventions are done via a single puncture of the skin—without incisions.

Expertise Across All Subspecialties

These data follow close on the heels of February’s state report on Cardiac Surgery showing that Maimonides cardiac surgeons have significantly low mortality rates—lower, in fact, than any hospital in Manhattan. And that outstanding news followed the historic first-ever implant of a new device to treat complex aortic aneurysms—in a national clinical trial headed by the Maimonides vascular team.

The Maimonides Heart & Vascular Institute encompasses experts in cardiology, vascular and endovascular surgery, anesthesiology, interventional cardiology, radiology, electrophysiology, critical care and cardiothoracic surgery. Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, specialized technicians and therapists, and other healthcare professionals collaborate with referring physicians on the care of each and every patient.

How the NYS Reports Are Created

The process of reporting, sorting and risk-adjusting this information takes time, so the newest report reflects cases performed in 2015. And, in order to give consumers a better idea of the true level of expertise of any one hospital, the state presents the data for both a single year and a three-year period (2013 – 2015). The three-year report helps eliminate “blips” in the data when a statistical cluster of cases—good or bad—causes unusual rates for any one year.

The state indicates significantly better-than-expected outcomes with a double-asterisk. The prestigious designations received by Maimonides appeared in both the single-year and the three-year reports.

About the Maimonides Heart & Vascular Institute

The Maimonides Heart & Vascular Institute has the collective expertise to offer patients the latest strategies for diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of cardiovascular disorders. Among the many elite programs and procedures are:

TAVR Procedure – Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement allows cardiac experts to repair or replace a faulty heart valve without major surgery

LVAD Destination Therapy – The “bridge to transplant” is now a permanent option for Heart Failure patients who don’t qualify for transplant surgery

Aortic Aneurysm Repair – Leading a national clinical trial for a new device to treat complex aortic aneurysms, and using virtual reality simulation to significantly lower surgical risks

A-Fib Convergent Therapy – Atrial Fibrillation, a dangerous heart rhythm disorder that increases the risk of strokes, is eliminated by radio-ablation inside and outside the heart

Long known for excellence in cardiovascular care, the Heart & Vascular Institute at Maimonides is among the most distinguished in the nation for outstanding patient outcomes. To learn more, call 718-283-8902 or visit

Maimonides Medical Center is nationally recognized for clinical excellence across all major specialties. Our accomplished physicians are known for innovation and strengthening our teaching and research programs. With 711 beds, the Medical Center is dedicated to bringing patients the most advanced care available—anywhere. Maimonides continues to grow in response to evolving models of care that better serve patients and families, and is an affiliate of Northwell Health. To learn more, please visit