More than 3,500 interventional and invasive heart procedures are performed at CVPH each year, Mundy noted during the conference, and that number is expected to increase to nearly 4,000 in the near future.
While the hospital recently ceased performing open-heart surgeries and now sends those cases to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, the Plattsburgh facility is focusing on angioplasties and other diagnostic procedures.
Officials are working closely with other medical centers in Northern New York to bring more of those cases to CVPH.
“We’re already seeing increased volume from St Lawrence and Franklin counties,” Henrickson said.
Healthgrades’ recognition of the hospital’s breadth of cardiac services is especially important now that it no longer conducts open-heart surgeries, according to Director of Cardiology at CVPH Dr. Joel Wolkowicz.
“For many people in the community, they viewed that as something important that we were losing, and they were concerned that we weren’t going to continue to give the ... cardiac care here that they’d been accustomed to, and heart surgeries are very important, but it’s actually only a very small part about what we do,” he told the Press-Republican in a separate interview.
Of the thousands of cardiac services the hospital provides each year, Wolkowicz noted, heart surgeries accounted for only about 150 at best.
“We’re going to continue to be here for a long time and continue to deliver high-quality cardiovascular care to the North Country and the surrounding regional areas,” Dr. Eric Gauthier, director of invasive cardiology at CVPH, told the Press-Republican.
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