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Good Samaritan Hospital’s Cardiac Program Offers Lifesaving Open-Heart Alternative

May 2nd, 2014

Kings Park resident Frank Russo has been dealing with multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years. Now 48-years-old and needing the assistance of a scooter, he goes to the gym every day to improve his condition. One day, shortness of breath while working out prompted him to skip the gym and stay in bed. When he started to sweat and felt chest pain, he knew something was wrong and called 911. He was brought by ambulance to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, one of six hospitals within Catholic Health Services. While in the Emergency Department he underwent emergent cardiac catheterization with placement of three stents to reopen blockages in his left circumflex and right coronary arteries.

In addition, Mr. Russo was diagnosed to have a severely calcified left anterior descending coronary artery stenosis and six days later he came to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center where a device known as the Diamondback 360 Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System was available. This cardiac tool removes debris in obstructed arteries, restoring normal blood flow to the heart. Good Samaritan is the first in Suffolk County to offer this lifesaving procedure as an alternative to open-heart surgery. Under the care of Good Samaritan Hospital’s Director of the Cardiac Catherization Program
Ezra Deutsch, MD, Mr. Russo underwent successful orbital atherectomy and stent therapy.

“Considering possible complications with Mr. Russo’s multiple sclerosis it was best to deal with his blocked arteries with a less invasive procedure using the Coronary Diamondback procedure rather than open-heart surgery,” said Dr. Deutsch. “He was the ideal candidate since his condition was detected early.”

Mr. Russo is in cardiac rehabilitation at Good Samaritan and has returned to his normal activity at home and at the gym.

Good Samaritan has performed more cardiac procedures than any other facility in the surrounding area.  Patients across Long Island turn to Good Samaritan for a variety of cardiology services such as angioplasty, electrophysiology, echocardiology, EKG testing and more.  Patients requiring open heart surgery receive state-of-the-art care through the St. Francis Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital. This collaborative program offers heart patients seamless care that meets the highest clinical standards, before, during and after surgery.  In addition, Good Samaritan has been recognized with the Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for the third consecutive year.

For more information on Good Samaritan’s cardiac services, call (631) 376-4444 or visit


Colleen Valdini
Manager, Public and External Affairs
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
1000 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY 11795
(631) 376-4483