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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Contact Us at 845.368.8800 

Comprehensive, integrated cardiac care, close to home.

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Why Good Samaritan?

People don’t realize what is being done here. This is not routine for a community hospital. We may not have the big name, but we have the skill and the team to do things just as well, if not better than larger institutions. The proof is in the outcomes. Most patients, when faced with the frightening thought of needing heart surgery may ask if they should go to a larger center instead. Our surgeons and team have worked at larger centers, have benefited from that experience, but can frankly tell you that they can do a better job here. Working with the same team every day is what makes all the difference. Additionally, our surgeons have privileges at our sponsoring institutions, Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth),and can easily arrange for surgery there for those occasional  patients that require services we don’t perform.

Caption:  Good Samaritan Hospital OR Team (Photo Credit:  George Pejoves Photography)

Good Samaritan Hospital patients enjoy the important benefit of knowing their case is managed by a unified cardiovascular team directing all aspects of care. This patient-first focus is top of mind every day, and makes coordination of care between primary physicians, cardiologists, surgeons and specialists seamless. Care protocols involve a full team of dedicated nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and allied health professionals who collaborate to provide the very best personalized, compassionate and comprehensive care.

Cardiovascular patients will find that choosing cardiac therapy close to the community they live in at the Active International Heart and Vascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital will make doctors’ visits, hospitalizations and follow-up appointments easier and less stressful – important factors that physicians recognize as key to patients’ successful healing and recovery.

Caption: The follow-up and preliminary office team located at 255 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern NY, Suite 330 provides compassionate and skilled care

Good Samaritan Hospital has a long history of successful cardiothoracic surgery and prides itself on staying up-to-date by performing the newest minimally invasive cardiac procedures.

When medication and catheter-based treatments cannot relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted treatment for a range of cardiothoracic conditions, including but not limited to mitral valve prolapsed, atrial septal defect and coronary artery disease.

Less invasive procedures are increasingly available for patients facing cardiothoracic surgery. Good Samaritan Hospital embraces state-of-the-art minimally invasive approaches with small keyhole incisions made between the ribs to perform coronary bypass or make repairs to the heart valve and other cardiac conditions. These procedures avoid all the other complications of standard open surgery.

Good Samaritan Hospital is the only hospital in Rockland and Orange counties to provide a dedicated cardiothoracic program and access to specialized surgeons. Our two board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons work closely with your cardiologist and primary physician to develop a personalized care strategy.

Caption:  Cardiothoracic Surgerons, Chirag Dilip Badami, MD FACS and Cary S. Passik, MD FACS follow up with recovering patient (Photo Credit:  George Pejoves Photography)

Our surgeons have national reputations and extensive backgrounds of practice, teaching and research in Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery. Cary S. Passik, MD FACS was the first surgeon in Connecticut to perform surgical ventricular restoration for congestive heart failure, and to use sutureless aortic valves. Additionally, he developed a bloodless heart-surgery program in which 85 percent of elective surgical patients did not require transfusions after surgery. Chirag Dilip Badami, MD FACS has over 15 years of experience and specializes in valvular heart disease, arrythmia and heart failure, coronary artery disease, and TAVR and endoscopic therapies.

We Are The Cardiac Experts In the Hudson Valley

Caption:  Large, state-of-the-art Cardiac Operating Room (Photo Credit:  George Pejoves Photography)

At Good Samaritan Hospital we diagnose and surgically restore, repair or replace heart and lung function using the latest technology. Our state-of-the-art technology allows our cardiothoracic surgeons to perform surgical interventions in innovative ways that offer patients such benefits as faster recovery time, less pain and shorter hospital stays.

Our cardiothoracic surgeons treat a variety of heart-and chest-related diseases including:

  • Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery
  • Minimally invasive mitral valve repair and replacement
  • Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement – TAVR
  • Minimally invasive surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation
  • Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Aortic Dissections
  • Coronary Artery Bypass grafting- off pump/on pump
  • Hybrid Revascularization
  • Laser Transmyocardial Revascularization(TMR)
  • Re-operative open heart surgery
  • Diseases of the Pericardium
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve disease
  • Marphan’s Syndromeic and aortic connective tissue disease
  • Endovascular ahoracic aneurysm stenting
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Pediatric cardiac surgery
  • Cardiac trauma
  • Heart failure surgery
  • Ventricular reconstruction surgery

Recovering patients benefit from our comprehensive monitoring network which closely observes heart and lung functions to ensure a successful recuperation.  Our program offers a cutting-edge Cardiac ICU for patients to recover safely and comfortably.  

Caption: Good Samaritan Cardiac ICU unit and team (Photo Credit:  George Pejoves Photography)



Most Advanced Cardiac Procedures in Rockland, Orange and Northern New Jersey Counties 

Caption:  Good Samaritan Hospital Cardiac OR Team (Photo Credit:  George Pejoves Photography)

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery:  On and Off Pump

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is perhaps the best-known type of cardiac surgery. Using portions or grafts of a patient’s own veins or arteries, surgeons provide a new source of blood flow around blocked coronary arteries. In on-pump bypass surgery, the surgeon opens the patient’s chest, stops the patient’s heart, and places the patient on a heart-lung machine while the operation takes place. In the newer, minimal access, off-pump procedures, surgeons are able to operate directly on the beating heart.

Valve Repair/Replacement Surgery

Good Samaritan cardiothoracic surgeons are highly skilled at repairing blocked or leaking heart valves. Our first choice is always to preserve native valve, but when a patient’s heart valve is too badly damaged, we use mechanical or tissue prostheses (including the implantation of human donor tissue). Our surgeons are skilled at minimally invasive valve repair techniques that involve two- to three-inch incisions rather than a major chest incision. For patients, such minimally invasive approaches offer reduced risk of infection, faster recovery times and less blood loss.

Atrial Fibrillation Surgery

Atrial fibrillation is a common but abnormal heart rhythm that can lead to rapid, irregular heartbeats. These heartbeats can cause discomfort, dizziness and shortness of breath. Left untreated, patients are at greatly increased risk for stroke.

While some patients can be treated with medications or catheter procedures, others are resistant to these interventions. Good Samaritan Hospital’s cardiothoracic surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery with small incisions to direct radiofrequency waves (modified electrical energy) on the surface of the heart, creating precise scar lines to block the erratic electrical impulses causing the irregular heartbeat.

Learn More and Hear from Other Patients 

Caption:  Cary Passik, MD, FACS, Cardiothoracic Surgeon speaks with recovering patient (Photo Credit:  George Pejoves Photography)

In addition to our own website, there are other sites that provide interesting and helpful cardiac health information.

Because we are committed to improving the cardiothoracic healthcare knowledge of our patients, we are providing the following selection of links to other sites you might find interesting and informative.

See actual cases of other patients dealing with similar cardiac issues:

Edwards.com Patient Information

Ctsurgerypatients.org Adult Heart Disease Cases

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