Some of Nation's Top Cardiologists Discuss New Cardiac Catheterization Lab Now Open at NYP/Lawrence Hospital Print

By Ken Valenti, Thompson & Bender, for NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital

May 20, 2015:  Doctors from NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital told an audience of 80 people at the Bronxville Public Library on May 7 how the hospital's new cardiac catheterization lab will improve heart care in Westchester.

"Having this service available locally will absolutely improve the outcomes of patients having heart attacks and, plain and simple, will save lives," said Dr. Mark Apfelbaum, director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence and a cardiology professor at Columbia University Medical Center.

Edward M. Dinan, president and CEO of NYP/Lawrence Hospital, welcomed attendees, and the presentation was moderated by Anthony Mercando, MD, a cardiologist with Lawrence Medical Associates.

Participants included a roster of top cardiologists and surgeons from ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, several of whom are seeing patients at the new facility. They included Tamim M. Nazif, MD, associate professor of medicine, Anthony Pucillo, MD, director of cardiac operations, Allan Schwartz, MD, professor and chief of the division of cardiology, and Craig R. Smith, MD, professor and chair of the department of surgery.

Presenters discussed the causes of heart attacks and improvements in treating and preventing them. They emphasized the value of the new lab, which brings some of the nation's top physicians and services directly into the community.

Patients in Bronxville can now have the same quality of care as that provided by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and can be treated by the doctors at that hospital, which has the number-one rated heart program in New York State and the number-three ranked program in the US, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

Eastchester resident Philip E. Parker said of the new lab, "It's a godsend." Had the lab existed years earlier when he first had a heart attack, he said, "I never would've had to leave my backyard."

During the presentation, he thanked Dr. Mercando, who treated two of his cardiac episodes in the past. "He has greatly extended my expiration date," Parker said.

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Pictured here:  Cardiologists attending and speaking at the Bronxville Public Library on May 7.

Photo courtesy Ken Valenti, Thompson & Bender, for NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital