NewYork-Presbyterian

2017 Outcomes Report for Congenital Heart Center

2017 Outcomes Report for Congenital Heart Center cover

 

We consistently rank as the best in pediatric care in the New York Tri-State region, with the lowest mortality for pediatric heart surgery in the state.

 

Directors, from left to right (Ralf J. Holzer, MD, Julie A. Vincent, MD and Emile A. Bacha, MD)

Ralf J. Holzer, MD, Julie A. Vincent, MD and Emile A. Bacha, MD

Message from the Directors

Dear Colleague:

Each year, pediatric cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists at the NewYork- Presbyterian Congenital Heart Center perform more than 750 pediatric and congenital heart defect operations, including some 25 heart transplants, 175 newborn heart repairs, 1,500 interventional and diagnostic transcatheter procedures, and 100 adult congenital heart repairs.

We have been performing pediatric heart surgery at a high volume since the early 1970s, creating a culture of clinical excellence and demanding the best outcome for every patient. We are proud to point to the fact that for seventeen years in a row, we have achieved significantly better outcomes than our peers in New York State. We performed the first successful pediatric heart transplant in the United States in 1984. We use 3-D printed heart models as part of pre-op management, allowing careful study of complex congenital heart disease lesions prior to surgical or transcatheter interventions. Our interventional cardiologists perform highly complex cardiac catheterization procedures in state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories with excellent outcomes.

The seamless integration of our Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Divisions begins prior to birth of the fetus, at the first consultation with a NewYork-Presbyterian surgeon or interventional cardiologist. Patients who require intervention receive continuity of care throughout their treatment and recovery. As a major national and international referral center for children and adults with congenital heart disease, NewYork-Presbyterian offers a physician access transfer program – 1-800-NYP-STAT – to coordinate patient transfers when tertiary and quaternary care are required.

On behalf of NewYork-Presbyterian Congenital Heart Center, we are pleased to provide a summary of outcomes for some of our most often performed pediatric and adult cardiac congenital surgical and catheterization procedures for the years 2013-2016, the most recent period for which complete data are available. Data are presented in accordance with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) congenital cardiac surgery database guidelines.

We hope you will find the information in this brochure valuable as you make informed decisions as to where to refer your pediatric cardiac patients for surgery.

Sincerely,

Emile A. Bacha, MD

Chief, Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Director, Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian

Co-Director
NewYork-Presbyterian Congenital Heart Center

Calvin F. Barber Professor of Surgery
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Columbia University

Adjunct Professor of Surgery
Weill Cornell Medicine

Julie A. Vincent, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FAAP

Alexandra and Steven Cohen Chief of Pediatric Cardiology
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Samberg Scholar in Children’s Health
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

Co-Director
NewYork-Presbyterian Congenital Heart Center

Welton M. Gersony Professor of Pediatric Cardiology
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Columbia University

Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
Weill Cornell Medicine

Ralf J. Holzer, MD, MSc, FACC, FSCAI

Chief, Pediatric Cardiology
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Director, Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization
NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital

Co-Director
NewYork-Presbyterian Congenital Heart Center

David Wallace-Star Professor of Pediatric Cardiology
Weill Cornell Medicine