The Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute has selected the North Shore-LIJ Health System to serve as its exclusive alliance member in the New York metropolitan area.
The unique alliance between the Cleveland clinic and the Manhasset, N.Y.-based health system is aimed at providing cardiac patients in the New York metropolitan area with new and enhanced treatment options and greater access to clinical trials and technologies in cardiology and cardiac surgery.
Were honored that the best heart hospital in the world has selected North Shore-LIJ as its exclusive New York alliance member, Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, said in a news release announcing the union.
This collaboration further strengthens a heart program already recognized as one of the best in New York.
Cleveland Clinic selected North Shore-LIJ as a member of its alliance and national cardiovascular specialty network after a yearlong, operational assessment of its cardiology, cardiac surgery and electrophysiology programs, including an analysis of operating rooms, ICUs, work flows, policies and procedures, mortality rates, imaging capabilities and other services, according to the release.
North Shore-LIJ becomes only the second health system in the nation to be named an alliance member and cardiovascular specialty network member of Cleveland Clinics world-renowned Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. The MedStar Heart Institute in Washington, D.C., became an alliance member in 2013.
As the delivery of healthcare continues to evolve and medicine moves from an art to a science, its crucial that healthcare organizations maintain databases to track clinical measures and quality standards, Toby Cosgrove, MD, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, said in the release. This new alliance is an opportunity to work closely with an organization that, like Cleveland Clinic, uses measurable, objective data to enhance patient care and safety. This is how healthcare becomes safer, less expensive and more efficient.
North Shore University Hospital is part of a unified cardiac services program that also includes health system hospitals LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, Staten Island (N.Y.) University Hospital and Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. As the destination site for Cleveland Clinic referrals, North Shore University Hospital performs about 700 open-heart surgeries, 2,200 interventional procedures and 1,300 electrophysiology procedures annually.