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St. Francis Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital Launched

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St. Francis Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital Launched


While Americans gain greater awareness of heart disease during Heart Month in February, Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip is focused on aggressively treating it through the new St. Francis Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital. This unique program brings the world-class cardiovascular surgical care for which St. Francis is known to residents of Suffolk County by relocating an entire clinical team from St. Francis to Good Sam.

As members of Catholic Health Services, both Good Samaritan and St. Francis are known for their commitment to compassionate care and patient safety, along with superior clinical outcomes. Through this collaboration, an experienced team from St. Francis’ open heart surgery program, including cardiothoracic surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners and perfusionists, are on-site at Good Sam.

St. Francis is known as The Heart Center® for its unrivaled experience in providing more cardiac surgeries than any other hospital in New York. Over the last decade, St. Francis surgeons have performed more than 16,000 open heart procedures. In addition to being New York’s only specialty designated cardiac center, St. Francis was once again top ranked on Long Island for 2013-2014 and eighth in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

Good Samaritan has earned numerous regional honors including being ranked among the top Long Island hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 2013-2014. Good Sam and St. Francis are Magnet® designated hospitals, among just 7% of U.S. hospitals to have earned this recognition for nursing excellence.

The program’s first patient was Holtsville resident Alfonso Sterlacci. When doctors at St. Francis determined that the 68-year-old needed immediate open heart surgery, Mr. Sterlacci and his wife, Lynn, were relieved to learn that he could receive St. Francis care close to their home. On January 21, Christopher LaMendola, MD, Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the St. Francis Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital, performed quadruple bypass on Mr. Sterlacci.

A window washer who scales Manhattan skyscrapers by trade, Mr. Sterlacci was up and walking just one day after open heart surgery and released four days later to continue his recovery at home.

“I had complete confidence in Dr. La Mendola and his cardiac team,” said Mr. Sterlacci. “I could not imagine receiving better care.”

 “It is an honor to be associated with St. Francis and Good Sam – two hospitals that are renowned for delivering superior cardiac care,” said Dr. La Mendola. “Our entire team is committed to bringing the quality of St. Francis’ surgical program to residents of Long Island’s south shore.”

For more information on the new open heart surgery program at Good Samaritan, please visit www.good-samaritan-hospital.org or call (631) 376-4444.

Pictured (L-R): Alfonso Sterlacci, the first patient in the St. Francis Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan, with his cardiothoracic surgeon Christopher La Mendola, MD, Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the St. Francis Hospital Open Heart Surgery program at Good Samaritan. 


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Colleen Valdini
Manager, Public and External Affairs
(631) 376-4483