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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) Introduces Heart Failure Program at Good Samaritan Hospital

Unique Program Provides Patients in Rockland and Orange Counties with Access to Specialized Physicians and Potentially Life-Saving Care

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SUFFERN, NY (November 14, 2017) - When it comes to cardiac care, every second counts – and specialized physicians close to home can make all the difference.

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) has announced an expansion of its cardiac services to Bon Secours Charity Health System. The new Heart Failure Program provides an unmatched level of expertise and service to the region. This program is the only one of its kind in Rockland and Orange counties, giving local patients unparalleled access to our specialized physicians and potentially life-saving care.

Four highly-skilled, board certified heart failure specialists from the nationally renowned WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute are now seeing patients at Good Samaritan Hospital, a Member of the WMCHealth Network. The new Heart Failure Program physicians will work with referring doctors to optimize the care of patients with advanced heart failure and, when needed, rapidly evaluate them for life-saving therapies such as mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation. The partnership will allow patients to receive timely, expert consultations and follow-up close to home.

Heart Failure Program specialists include:

Alan L. Gass, M.D., FACC is Medical Director of Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at the WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute. He arrived at Westchester Medical Center 10 years ago after serving as the Director of Transplant Cardiology at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Gregg Lanier, M.D., FACC is the Director of Pulmonary Hypertension and the Associate Director of Heart Failure, as well as the Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship at Westchester Medical Center.

Chhaya Aggarwal Gupta, M.D., FACC completed her residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and her cardiovascular medicine fellowship was at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She finished her fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Avi Levine, M.D. completed his residency, cardiac fellowship and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Kathleen Brown MSN, ANP-BC, is a Board Certified adult nurse practitioner in critical care. She was the senior transplant/Ventricular Assist Device Nurse Pratitioner for over 20 years at the WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute. She mentored staff members including cardiology fellows in the care of patients that required advanced heart failure management, which included mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplant.

Their offices are at 257 Lafayette Ave. (Suite 330) in Suffern, NY. Patient appointments are available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 845.368.8803 to schedule your visit or for more information.