May 14, 2020
NYP is strategizing at present how to most effectively and safely open up patient services and hospital operative and procedure areas that have been either closed or significantly limited in availability over the past several weeks during the surge of the COVID pandemic. As the number of COVID patients at NYPQ has fallen in the past two weeks, we have begun plans for reopening the catheterization lab to outpatient procedures. Resources, however, continue to remain severely limited, and include restrictions in the available of staff, procedure room space, recovery room space, and hospital beds. Moreover, the NYS DOH has sent explicit guidelines (executive order 202.25) which effectively continue to limit hospital procedures to urgent, essential cases only. Institutions within the NYP system have implemented guidelines calling for the restriction of cases to those that are emergent, urgent and semi-urgent (which fall into a “10 day window of need”), and have called for committees to be formed to determine which cases should be prioritized and performed during this initial reopening period.
Pursuant to these limitations, the NYPQ cath lab will allow for a limited number of outpatient cardiac cases to be performed that fit the restriction criteria above. Prior to any procedure being scheduled, each case will be evaluated on an individual basis by a committee which includes voluntary and full-time faculty. The referring physician or proceduralist will contact the committee as outlined below and an expedited decision will be made. Moreover, there will be restrictions on the total number of outpatient cases scheduled in any given day.
We hope that the pandemic will continue to subside and we can continue to work towards resuming normalcy in our procedure areas. At the present time, however, we must proceed with caution and abide by the guidelines set forth by our institution and our government.
David Slotwiner, MD, FACC, FHRS
Chief, Division of Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Robert Minutello, MD
Director, Cardiac Cath Lab
Welcome message from the Chief and Chairman
We welcome you to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens – the only health system to provide comprehensive cardiac care in the borough of Queens – bringing you the care you need, closer to home. This guide was intended to provide an overview of the services we offer from disease prevention and risk screenings to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.
Our multidisciplinary team of specialists, in partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian and in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine, provides world-class cardiac care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, right here in Queens.
We are committed to improving the heart health of our community in Queens and beyond through our unrivaled expertise, excellence in research, education and advancements in cardiovascular medicine.
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine,
Weill Cornell Medicine
Welcome to the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. We are dedicated to using advanced diagnostic and surgical techniques to care for patients with diseases and disorders of the heart, aorta, lungs and esophagus.
Our team of specialists at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, in partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian and in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine, offer us the experience and expertise to lead the way to better patient care. We will carefully assess each patient individually and collaborate to determine the best care plan for you.
No matter the procedure, our focus is on providing our patients the highest degree of reliability and safety. We look forward to being your hospital of choice.
Chairman, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery
Weill Cornell Medicine