Nationally-Renowned Heart Surgeon to Lead Cardiac Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital

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Dr. Edward F. Lundy, M.D., Ph.D., a nationally-known heart surgeon who has directed the Open Heart Surgery Program at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania since 1991, has been appointed Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the new Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York. The announcement was made by Michael Schnieders, Executive Vice President and Administrator of Good Samaritan Hospital at a press conference and community reception held at the hospital.

Dr. Lundy is a highly talented surgeon, a renowned researcher, a creative thinker and national leader in cardiac surgery who will help us to establish one of the country’s premier cardiac surgery programs, and move healthcare in the Hudson-Delaware Valley boldly into the future

Dr. Edward F. Lundy, M.D., Ph.D., a nationally-known heart surgeon who has directed the Open Heart Surgery Program at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania since 1991, has been appointed Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the new Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York. The announcement was made by Michael Schnieders, Executive Vice President and Administrator of Good Samaritan Hospital at a press conference and community reception held at the hospital.

"Dr. Lundy is a highly talented surgeon, a renowned researcher, a creative thinker and national leader in cardiac surgery who will help us to establish one of the country’s premier cardiac surgery programs, and move healthcare in the Hudson-Delaware Valley boldly into the future," said Schnieders. “He brings over two decades of excellence in cardiac surgery and an outstanding record of published research to our region. We are thrilled and honored to have someone of Dr. Lundy’s stature and credentials lead our cardiac surgery team.”

Dr. Lundy, a Michigan native, comes to Good Samaritan Hospital from the Lancaster General Heart Institute, where he was most recently Medical Director of the Open Heart Surgery Program since 1991. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, where he also completed his surgical internship and residency. Dr. Lundy is the recipient of two American Heart Association fellowships and is board certified in cardiothoracic surgery. He has published numerous professional and research articles in medical journals including The Journal of Surgery, Stroke, Journal of Critical Care, The Journal of Vascular Surgery, and The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He is also a renowned lecturer, having presented papers and research throughout the United States.

Dr. Lundy is currently assembling an impressive team of cardiac surgeons, perfusionists, advanced nurse practitioners, critical care nurses and support staff, all of whom will contribute to making the Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital a national model and one of the top quality centers of its kind in the world.

"I would like to see the Active International Cardiovascular Institute become a regional and national resource for patients with cardiac problems," says Dr. Lundy. "In line with that, we will develop one of the outstanding patient-centered surgical programs in the country while encouraging a strong research component."

While Dr. Lundy has a well-earned reputation for groundbreaking research studies, he says patient care has always been his top priority. "First and foremost, we will treat the patient and his or her family with the compassionate care that has always been the hallmark of Good Samaritan Hospital. And while research is important, and helps to advance the field, I'm interested in research that directly translates to improved patient care."

To that end, Dr. Lundy has articulated several ambitious goals for the Active International Cardiovascular Institute, including achieving recognition as one of the Solucient Top 100 Hospitals for cardiovascular care, and to earn recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s “Top 50 Cardiac Programs."

The Active International Cardiovascular Institute is expected to open in December, and the first cardiac surgeries will take place soon thereafter. The time in the interim is being utilized by Dr. Lundy and hospital leadership to recruit and train additional staff, to establish clinical procedures and protocols, and to coordinate with other hospital services to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.

Dr. Lundy, 50, and his wife Eileen will be relocating to the area with their four children.

Good Samaritan Hospital is a member of Bon Secours Health System, Inc., one of the nation’s leading Catholic healthcare systems. It is also part of the regional Bon Secours Charity Health System, which includes St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, N.Y. and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York. Additionally, Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility and several other medical programs. For more information about the Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital, or any hospital program, contact Good Samaritan Hospital at 845-368-5000, or visit http://www.GoodSamHosp.org.

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