NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that the New York State Department of Health has approved requests for upgrades to cardiac catheterization (cath) labs in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Cath labs are examination rooms with imaging equipment used to visualize arteries and chambers of the heart to diagnose heart disease, treat any blockage identified, and prevent heart attacks. NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island and NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi were previously limited to taking images and diagnosing heart disease and/or blockages. With the state’s approval, both facilities will now be able to perform procedures that help unclog arteries. Previously, patients in South Brooklyn needed to travel approximately 40 minutes to the nearest hospital with cath lab capabilities to help unclog arteries. The cath lab at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi will help to serve the overwhelming number of Bronx patients with heart disease. The two upgraded cath labs are a part of the public health system’s goal of improving cardiac intervention capabilities and overall outcomes for high-risk populations.
“The improvements being made to the cath labs at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island and NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi translates to one simple concept: saving New Yorker’s lives,” said Chief Medical Officer for NYC Health + Hospitals Machelle Allen, MD. “As the City’s public health system, we are constantly evaluating our capabilities and patient needs to ensure we’re providing the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art care to all those who come to our hospitals and clinics.”
“These cath lab improvements are critical to our patients because time is of the essence when it comes to heart disease and treating heart attacks,” said Cardiovascular Lead for NYC Health + Hospitals and Chief Cardiologist at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Norma Keller, MD. “By increasing the number of full-service cardiac cath labs throughout the City’s public health system, we are expediting how quickly we can unclog arteries and improving overall survival rates.
The cath lab improvements start at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island by May 2020, and July 2020 at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. The projected combined total expense for five years is $41.2M, which includes new providers and technicians, ongoing training, and equipment costs. More than 2,500 additional patients are expected to be treated by the cath labs in the first five years.
There will be a total of four full-service cardiac cath labs in the City’s public health system once the upgrades are made at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island and NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. The other cath labs with intervention capabilities are NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst.
“Modern technology is crucial for any hospital to provide its patients with lifesaving care, and it is even more important that our public hospitals are equipped with state of the art labs so that every New Yorker has access to comprehensive and capable care. I applaud NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island and Jacobi for raising the bar for care in our hospitals by successfully pursuing these upgrades to their cardiac catheterization labs,” said Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Hospitals.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one person dies every 37 seconds from heart disease each year. At a higher predisposition, nearly 48 percent of African-American women and 44 percent of African-American men have some form of heart disease, according to the Heart Foundation. Several medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including diabetes, obesity, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity.
As American Heart Month comes to an end, NYC Health + Hospitals encourages all New Yorkers to get screened for heart disease, especially if they live with other chronic diseases that could lead to or speed up the disease.
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NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island is a 371-bed facility, one of the NYC Health + Hospitals’ 11 acute care hospitals that offers general and acute medical care to adults and children. Coney Island offers inpatient services for primary and acute care in general medicine, general surgery, medical and surgical sub-specialties, coronary care, intensive care, obstetrics and gynecology, midwifery program, pediatric and neonatology, critical care, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry, and chemical dependency to a primary service area of approximately 900,000 NYC residents of southern Brooklyn. The hospital also offers outpatient services for adult and pediatric medical care and surgical sub-specialties, dental and oral care, behavioral health, and chemical dependency. For more information visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org/coneyisland and stay connected on Twitter at @ConeyIslandHosp. To make an appointment, call 1-844-NYC-4NYC.
About NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi is a 457-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The facility has earned numerous Center of Excellence designations, accreditation, and recognition for its renowned Level 1 Trauma Center, Burn Center, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, regional Stroke Center, Snakebite Treatment Center, Breast Health Center, Bariatric Surgery Center, and Cancer Service. The facility also offers the region’s only multi-person hyperbaric chamber, allowing up to nine patients to dive together at one time. Jacobi’s Ambulatory Care Pavilion is a stunning complement to its inpatient acute care, allowing staff to provide patients with high-quality service in a modern, state-of-the-art environment. For more information visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org/jacobi.
About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.