GOOD SAMARITAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AND HACKENSACK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATE ONE YEAR OF CARDIAC SERVICES ALLIANCE

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Last year, The Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, a member of Bon Secours Charity Health System, formed an alliance with Hackensack University Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Hospital. On Thursday, June 19, physicians, medical staff, administrators, and community members from both facilities came together to commemorate the partnership’s first year of success.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of Healthgrades 2014 Cardiac Care Excellence Award to The Active International Cardiovascular Institute. Ben Mahfood, Vice President of National Accounts at Healthgrades, explained that the award recognizes superior outcomes in five key services: heart bypass and valve surgeries, the treatment of heart attack and heart failure, and life-saving interventions that restore normal blood flow to the heart muscle. In addition, Mr. Mahfood awarded Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with the Healthgrades 2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

The event, which took place at New York Country Club, brought together key stakeholders to celebrate the collaboration and take a look toward the future. Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System, congratulated all those who help make the partnership a success, highlighting the outstanding care, flexibility, and teamwork that enable the program to thrive. In her remarks, Dr. Leahy said, “At last year’s kick-off dinner, we witnessed a striking synergy among the group. One year later, it is apparent that this level of cooperation is contributing to a superior patient experience.” Physicians, clinical staff, and administrators look forward to maintaining the quality distinctions of the program and continuing to deliver exception care to patients.

Established in June 2013, the collaboration agreement enables HackensackUMC Heart & Vascular Hospital physicians to provide clinical support and direct patient care at the Good Samaritan Active International Cardiovascular Institute. The collaborative effort brings HackensackUMC’s doctors closer to Good Samaritan patients with serious heart and vascular issues and elevates the level of cardiovascular services available in Rockland and Orange Counties. The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program is among the state-of-the-art services that are now available to Good Samaritan patients.