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Garnet Health Medical Center first hospital in Orange County to receive State DOH approval for cardiac surgery program

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January 06, 2022
Garnet Health Medical Center first hospital in Orange County to receive State DOH approval for cardiac surgery program
 
Middletown, NY – Garnet Health Medical Center in Middletown, New York, has recently been granted New York State Department of Health conditional approval to expand cardiology services and develop Orange County’s first cardiac surgery program.
 
The cardiac surgery program at Garnet Health’s Peter Frommer, MD Heart Center at 707 East Main Street in Middletown is estimated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2022 and will be in affiliation with Columbia HeartSource.  Garnet Health will also have a training arrangement with  NewYork-Presbyterian to train nurses and surgical techs.
 
Surgical leadership will be provided by Site Director Michael Argenziano, MD, Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia, under the guidance of Columbia HeartSource leaders Craig Smith, MD, Chair of Columbia’s Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, and Allan Schwartz, MD, Chief of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia’s Division of Cardiology.
 
“Development of a cardiac surgery program at Garnet Health is a huge advancement in heart care for the region,” said Scott Batulis, Garnet Health President & CEO. “In 2019 alone, 625 people had to travel out of Orange, Sullivan and southern Ulster counties for their cardiac surgery. Garnet Health’s cardiac surgery program will enable our community to receive top-notch cardiac care and still remain close to home, family and friends.”
 
Over the next year, Garnet Health will develop the cardiac surgery program, which includes the renovation of almost 3,000 square feet of space on the first floor of the hospital to construct two cardiac surgery operating rooms and a Hybrid operating room in space that was preplanned during the original design of the hospital which opened in 2011.
 
 
Garnet Health Medical Center has a strong history of providing advanced heart care. The hospital was the first in the county to offer a diagnostic cardiac catheterization lab and was the first to offer diagnostic, emergency and elective angioplasty to the community and surrounding area. Additionally, Garnet Health Medical Center has been named by Healthgrades as one of the 100 best hospitals nationally for cardiac intervention (2017-2021) and recognized as a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 5 Years in a Row (2018-2022) and a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2022. US News & Report has recognized Garnet Health Medical Center as high performing in treatment of congestive heart failure and heart attack.
 
To learn more about cardiology services at Garnet Health or find a Garnet Health Doctor cardiologist visit www.garnethealth.org/services/heart-care.
 
 
About Garnet Health Medical Center
 
Garnet Health Medical Center, formerly known as Orange Regional Medical Center, is a state-of-the-art, 383-bed medical center which combines high-tech healthcare with a patient-centered approach in a beautiful and welcoming healing environment. Garnet Health Medical Center is accredited by DNV GL – Healthcare. It was named by Healthgrades as one of the 100 best hospitals nationally for cardiac intervention and General Surgery and was a recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™. Garnet Health Medical Center also achieved the Healthgrades 2019, 2020 and 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™ placing the hospital in the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance. Garnet Health Medical Center was named by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Regional Hospital in the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh Metropolitan Service Area and high performing in seven types of care for 2021-22. Garnet Health Medical Center is a designated Magnet hospital recognizing excellence in Nursing; a recipient of the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite; and received the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Digital Health Level 9 Most Wired recognition.
 
Garnet Health Medical Center is an Academic Affiliate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. It is also a member of Garnet Health, the corporate parent of Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Foundation, and Garnet Health Foundation – Catskills. Garnet Health was recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. To learn more about Garnet Health Medical Center, visit garnethealth.org.

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