Hard to believe that summer is on us already!
And while many of us are making travel plans and visiting friends and family, I’d like to let you know that our medical staff is continuing to forge ahead, breaking new ground, and setting new industry standards for excellence.
This week marks a milestone for Dr. Raffaele Corbisiero and Dr. Pedram Kazemian, who recently completed their 100th robotic ablation procedure using the Stereotaxis Remote Navigation System. It has been a few years since we made the investment in this new piece of equipment, and this program has grown over time. Stereotaxis treatment, which utilizes a flexible, robotically-delivered catheter to destroy small areas of heart tissue responsible for arrhythmias, has become a gold standard for these conditions, and one widely regarded by area physicians for its excellent procedural results. Drs. Cobisiero and Kazemian have over 20 years of combined experience, having performed several hundred ablations using various mapping systems.
This newly reached milestone places DEBORAH’s Heart Rhythm Center among the top 10 robotic ablation centers in the country. Great job!
Additionally, our interventional team—Drs. Richard Kovach, Jon George, Kintur Sanghvi and Vincent Varghese—is breaking new ground for patients who suffer with 100% chronically occluded arteries. Through rigorous training on new FDA-cleared devices and interventional techniques, these specialists are the cornerstone of our newly established Chronic Total Coronary Occlusion (CTO) Program.
This new CTO Program offers a novel approach to these complex cases, especially for those considered too risky for bypass operations or anatomically not technically amenable to bypass surgery, and for those others whose surgical bypass grafts have also become occluded. With these new technologies, training and expertise in place, Deborah’s interventional cardiologists are now able to create a new pathway for the treatment of completely blocked arteries, offering fresh hope to patients who previously had limited treatment alternatives beyond medical management or surgery.
Again, congratulations for fine work on behalf of our patients!
So while we take time to refresh ourselves this summer, it is gratifying to me to see that the innovative work at Deborah continues unabated.
Lots going on at Deborah! First, I’m excited to report that the Grand Opening of the James Klinghoffer Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Treatment is planned for Tuesday, May 6th. A staff invitation will be going out next week. If you are planning to attend, please check first with your manager. We are excited to showcase this brand-new program for the hospital!
Not to be outdone, May 6th also marks our Nurses Day Ceremony. This eagerly anticipated annual event is a terrific opportunity to recognize and showcase our stellar nursing staff! I always enjoy this recognition ceremony and the opportunity it offers to pause and say, “Thank you for a job very well done!”
I am also excited to report that two other new programs are launching at the hospital. A new bariatric program, which has been two years in the making, is ready to open. This will give us another opportunity to help patients battling with obesity and diabetes live healthier and fuller lives.
We also are poised to begin Low-Dose CT scans to screen smokers (and former smokers) for lung cancer. This early detection program has been proven to be successful in early diagnosis, which is important. The earlier we begin treatment, the more successful we are in battling this disease. With support from our Foundation, we will be able to make this screening test available to many, many people and are optimistic that, if needed, our Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Program, in conjunction with The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, will be able to plan an aggressive, individualized treatment program for each patient.
All in all, we are again pushing forward on our multitude of strategic planning initiatives. I look forward to seeing you at our events!
Deborah Heart and Lung Center
It’s hard to believe that 2013 has ended and a New Year is already unfolding! We had a good year at Deborah and I am looking forward to an even better one in 2014. Many of you have complimented the newly refurbished and refreshed lobby, which offers a warm welcome to our visitors. Other major construction underway includes the hybrid OR and our Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbarics. I will be updating you as these projects near completion this spring. Both will be exciting new ventures for us. I am excited about our new projects as they broaden our regional “medical campus” draw. I anticipate this year will see many more of these exciting new innovations. I am looking forward to a successful new year for the hospital and Foundation. I wish you and your family best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year!
Deborah Heart and Lung Center