Ceremonial Blessing of Surgeon's Hands Highlights Dedication of The Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital

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The Right Reverend Monsignor James P. Cassidy, PhD, President of the International Association of Catholic Healthcare Institutions and Consultant to the Pontifical Council on Healthcare, blessed the hands of Dr. Edward F. Lundy, Good Samaritan Hospital's Chief of Cardiac Surgery, at a ceremony heralding the dedication of The Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital.

The Right Reverend Monsignor James P. Cassidy, PhD, President of the International Association of Catholic Healthcare Institutions and Consultant to the Pontifical Council on Healthcare, blessed the hands of Dr. Edward F. Lundy, Good Samaritan Hospital's Chief of Cardiac Surgery, at a ceremony heralding the dedication of The Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital, a state-of-the-art comprehensive cardiac and vascular surgical and care center, and the first program of its kind in the Lower Hudson Valley. The ceremony was attended by local and regional dignitaries, community leaders, physicians and other healthcare professionals, and leadership from area hospitals. The first open heart surgery procedure is scheduled to be performed at the Institute in early January.

The Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital will offer the most advanced cardiovascular procedures, including open-heart surgery, emergency angioplasty for acute heart attack, elective angioplasty to relieve potential blockages and a wide range of additional cardiovascular procedures.

The Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital is the culmination of a grassroots community effort to bring cardiac surgery to the region. Significantly, patients from the Lower Hudson Valley will now be able to remain with Good Samaritan Hospital and their families for virtually all of their advanced cardiac care instead of having to endure a transfer to an out-of-area hospital.

"This is a defining moment for the Lower Hudson Valley -- an event that will forever change healthcare in our community, dramatically and positively impacting people's lives," commented Michael Schnieders, Executive Vice President and Administrator of Good Samaritan Hospital. "The dedication of The Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital represents the culmination of decades of planning, years of community engagement and countless hours of preparation and planning, all of which have led up to this incredibly special moment in time."

The Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital will offer:

  •     Open-heart surgery, including coronary artery bypass
  •     Emergency angioplasty for acute heart attack
  •     Elective angioplasty to relieve potential blockages
  •     Valve replacement
  •     Valve repair
  •     Valvuloplasty
  •     Permanent pacemaker implantation
  •     Internal cardioverter defibrillator implantation
  •     Other cardiovascular procedures

"This is a critical program that will finally enable the people of our community to have close, immediate access to the finest in cardiovascular care, right here at Good Samaritan Hospital," said Dr. Edward Lundy, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at The Active International Cardiovascular Institute. "This program will be patient-centered and operate on an evidenced-based model. It will help us to save lives and enhance the overall quality of healthcare in our community."

The dedication was also attended by representatives of Active International, a marketing and business solutions company based in Pearl River, New York, that has agreed to create a series of fundraising activities designed to raise $2.5 million for the Institute. Alan S. Elkin, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Active International commented, "As both a resident and member of the business community, I believe the benefits of this new facility are far-reaching and will serve to greatly improve the lives, and quality of life, for residents of the region today and for decades to come."

Also participating in the dedication of the Active International Cardiovascular Institute were representatives of the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the two orders which co-sponsor Good Samaritan Hospital and The Bon Secours Charity Health System.

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, NY, 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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