Mercy Hospital Excels In State Cardiac Report

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October 16, 2009

According to New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) reports issued in July 2009, the Catholic Health Heart Center at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo had the lowest mortality rate among all hospitals in the Western New York (WNY) region, and among the lowest in New York State, for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures, commonly referred to as angioplasty.

It is the second year in a row that Mercy Hospital achieved the lowest Observed Mortality Rate (OMR) and Risk Adjusted Mortality Rate (RAMR) for PCI in the WNY area. The latest PCI Report examined outcomes of 167,752 patients undergoing angioplasty procedures conducted at 51 hospitals across New York State during the period 2004 through 2006. In addition, based on 2006 data alone, Mercy Hospital continued to maintain the lowest PCI mortality rates in the community.

Members of the Heart Center team are from left, Sue Charles, R.T.; Denise Beyers, R.T.; Jeanne Molloy, R.N.; Joseph Gelormini, M.D.; Tricia Glascott, R.N.; and Salvatore Calandra, M.D.
Members of the Heart Center team are from left, Sue Charles, R.T.; Denise Beyers, R.T.; Jeanne Molloy, R.N.; Joseph Gelormini, M.D.; Tricia Glascott, R.N.; and Salvatore Calandra, M.D.

“The low mortality rates we have maintained for PCI is another indicator of the high quality cardiac services available at Mercy Hospital,” said Joseph Gelormini, M.D., Mercy Hospital cardiologist. “Our physicians, staff, and administration have worked hard to make this a premier PCI program.”

“The DOH findings continue to demonstrate our commitment to patient safety and excellence in cardiology services,” said Julie LaManna, Catholic Health Senior Director of Cardiac Services. “The state’s PCI Reporting System gives us the opportunity to compare ourselves with similar programs statewide.”

PCI or angioplasty is a procedure performed to open a partially blocked blood vessel that delivers blood to the heart. The procedure is often used to treat heart attack patients. The DOH report indicated that Mercy Hospital’s OMR at 0.61% and RAMR at 0.54% for patients undergoing PCI from 2004 – 2006, were the lowest among all hospitals in WNY that perform the procedure. Mercy’s OMR for PCI procedures was also lower than the statewide average of 0.86% during the same time period.

Nearly fifty cardiologists make up the physician cardiac team at Mercy Hospital which is home to the Catholic Health Heart Center. The program features a full range of cardiac care services, including open heart surgery, coronary balloon angioplasty, coronary artery stent replacement, electrophysiology services for irregular heart rhythms, cardiac implants, and the region’s only comprehensive program for the use of ventricular assist devices (VAD).