St. Francis Hospital Fast Facts
A National Leader
In 2018, the following procedures were performed:
- 1,414 open-heart surgeries
- 3,674 cardiac arrhythmia procedures, including electrophysiology studies, ablations, pacemakers, and implantable defibrillators
- 11,632 cardiac catheterizations and peripheral vascular procedures, including 3,430 percutaneous coronary interventions (stents and angioplasties)
- 468 TAVR implants, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
- In the past 10 years, over 111,000 cardiac catheterizations, 33,000 angioplasties, and 14,000 open-heart surgeries have been performed at St. Francis Hospital.
- St. Francis has one of the largest cardiac surgical volumes in New York State. Its program has been recognized for its outstanding success rates more times than any other hospital in the New York metropolitan area (NYSDOH).
- St. Francis physicians performs one of the largest volumes of percutaneous coronary interventions (angioplasties with stents) in the region. (NYSDOH)
- St. Francis is the global leader in Precision Angioplasty, using state-of-the-art imaging technology to place stents in the most precise and beneficial way. Dr. Richard Shlofmitz, Chairman of Cardiology at SFH, is the world’s most experienced practitioner of Precision Angioplasty and a leading proponent of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), a ground-breaking diagnostic procedure that uses light waves to provide an unparalleled intravascular view that helps physicians determine whether a patient needs a stent, and if so, its best size and placement.
- To date, St. Francis has performed over 1,600 TAVR procedures, the highest volume on Long Island and one of the largest volumes in the U.S.
- St. Francis Hospital is a center of excellence in congestive heart failure, having served over 13,000 patients in 2018, roughly twice the number of HF patients served just five years ago.
- St. Francis has performed 29 LVAD implants since the program was Joint Commission certified in 2016. The Left Ventricular Assisting Device is used both as a bridge therapy for transplantation and as a destination therapy for patients with severe heart failure. The LVAD program at St. Francis is one of the fastest-growing programs in the country.
- St. Francis Hospital is partnering with Montefiore to serve patients in need of heart transplant.
- St. Francis is a recognized national leader in non-invasive cardiac imaging, including cardiac CT scanning, cardiac PET-CT scanning, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI), nuclear imaging, and three-dimensional echocardiography (TTE and TEE). In 2018, SFH performed the following Cardiac imaging volumes:
- Echocardiography: 18,260
- CT: 4,225
- MRI: 1,062
- Nuclear/PET: 3,109
- In 2017, approximately 2,000 patients came to The Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital for treatment or consultation.
- St. Francis performs one of the highest volumes of orthopedic procedures on Long Island. In 2018, our orthopedic surgeons performed well over 1,500 joint replacements, an increase of nearly 10% over the previous year.
Acclaimed Clinical Care
- U.S. News & World Report has recognized St. Francis as high performing nationally in five adult specialties: Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics. The ratings are based on a review of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. (2018-19)
- U.S. News also ranked St. Francis the top hospital on Long Island. In addition, we are ranked 5th in New York State and 6th in the New York metro area. (2018-19)
- Recognized by U.S. News as high performing in seven common adult procedures and conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery; heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD, and hip replacement. (2018-19)
- St. Francis has held the Magnet designation for excellence in nursing care, an honor only awarded to seven percent of U.S. hospitals, for the third time in a row. It is the only hospital in Nassau County to be designated three times. (April 2015)
- St. Francis has repeatedly earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Gold and Silver awards for both Stroke and Heart Failure. (2018)
- St. Francis scores highest on Long Island in federal patient satisfaction survey. (January 2017 - Medicare.gov)
- The NYS Department of Health recognized St. Francis as a Top Performer in three measures aimed at preventing strokes in patients.
- St. Francis was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review for having one of the best orthopedic programs in the country. (2015)
- Six of St. Francis Hospital's med-surg nursing units hold the AMSN PRISM Award for exemplary nursing practice; a national record. This award is given by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and the Medical-Surgical Certification Board. (2018)
- The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) has given their prestigious Beacon Award for Excellence to every one of St. Francis Hospital’s six critical care units. The CTICU and SICU each hold Gold-level distinctions, as does the Intermediate Care Unit (3E). The Cardiac Cath Lab/Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU), the PACU and MICU2 units each hold a Silver-level award. (2018)
- The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has designated St. Francis Hospital a nationally accredited surgical weight loss center. (2015)
- The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons granted Full Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital. (2016)
- St. Francis Hospital has received an ‘A’ in 12 national safety scorings from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that ranks hospitals nationwide for their patient safety standards.
An Innovator in Healthcare
- St. Francis Hospital is a leader in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and was one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to implant the Medtronic CoreValve. To date, St. Francis has performed over 1,600 TAVR procedures, the highest volume on Long Island and one of the largest volumes in the U.S.
- The Hospital was the first on Long Island to use the Diamondback 360 orbital atherectomy, an advanced technique for opening severely calcified coronary arteries, and the first on Long Island to implant the St. Jude Nanostim leadless pacemaker.
- It was also the first hospital on Long Island to use the OPTISi system to visualize arterial blockages.
- St. Francis is a recognized national leader in cardiac non-invasive imaging, including cardiac CT scanning, cardiac PET-CT scanning, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI), nuclear imaging, and three-dimensional echocardiography.
- The Hospital is a premier center for national clinical trials such as: Medtronic CoreValve and EVOLUT Trials, St. Jude Portico Trial, Illumien III Optimize PCI Trial, Heart Failure Trials, PARAGON, Barostim neo® - Baroreflex Activation Therapy , ABBOTT COAPT- Mitraclip® Trial, Carotid stent trials such as CREST and Gore Scaffold, and the St. Jude Leadless Pacemaker trial.
- St. Francis is also conducting studies using a full range of state-of-the-art cardiac imaging modalities to examine the underlying mechanisms of heart disease.
Last updated: January 2019
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