Richmond University Medical Center Announces Partnership with Mount Sinai for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Services

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Richmond University Medical Center strives to enhance its emergency room and cardiologist care for patients. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is one treatment option recently added to address atherosclerosis.

“I am happy to report our expectations for this unit have been surpassed. The ability to perform this advanced procedure has already helped us save or improve the lives of dozens of residents.” - Daniel J. Messina, president and CEO of RUMC

The administrators, physicians and staff members at Richmond University Medical Center are happy to announce a partnership with Mount Sinai Hospital, whose cardiology and heart surgery center ranked seventh in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. This support from Mount Sinai Hospital allows advanced cardiologist care and expanding procedures performed in Richmond University Medical Center's emergency room to treat patients with acute heart disease including heart attacks.

The hospital’s interventional cardiology program enables specialists to perform percutaneous coronary intervention. This procedure is also known as angioplasty. The premier PCI-capable cardiac catheterization lab assists patients with both emergent and elective procedures to open blood vessels and improve blood flow. After the procedure, patients often notice quick results with improved or no chest pain at all and more energy. This program enabled the medical center to treat an additional 30 patients over the number of people who received treatment prior to the inception of this program.

“We were very pleased to be able to introduce angioplasty capabilities to our cardiac catheterization lab, which, since January, has been operating with support and sponsorship by Mount Sinai Hospital,” said Daniel J. Messina, president and CEO of Richmond University Medical Center. He also added, “I am happy to report our expectations for this unit have been surpassed. The ability to perform this advanced procedure has already helped us save or improve the lives of dozens of residents, even though our unit has been fully operational for less than 18 months.”

The medical center reports a success rate of 100 percent since implementation of the angioplasty program. A minimal number of patients have experienced complications in their recovery after undergoing PCI procedures. A team approach, with every cardiologist working closely with nurses and support staff, is a major factor in the overall success of the program.

For more information about the PCI cardiac catheterization lab, operating in conjunction with the hospital's emergency room, patients and families are encouraged to visit http://www.rumcsi.org or contact the hospital directly at (718) 818-2805. Visit the hospital in person at Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Avenue in Staten Island, N.Y., 10310.

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