Northwell’s Thoracic Surgery Program in New Hyde Park gets top marks

NEW HYDE PARK, NY – Two Northwell Health hospitals with thoracic surgery programs have been recognized for the quality of their care by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). And one of them is in New Hyde Park.

In reports published by STS, Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park and Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan received the highest possible rankings – three stars – in the Lobectomy for Lung Cancer and Lung Resection for Cancer of the Lung categories. lung. Less than 10% of thoracic surgery programs in North America have achieved such a ranking, according to Northwell.

The latest reports included results from 214 general thoracic surgery programs, which submitted data to the STS between July 2018 and June 2021. One category analyzed results from lobectomy procedures, in which an entire lobe of the lung is removed. The procedure is most often performed to treat lung cancer, according to Northwell.

During this same reporting period, the STS released its first-ever composite star rating for lung cancer lung resection, which includes lobectomy, wedge resection, and other types of lung resections.

“Congratulations to Lenox Hill Hospital and LIJ Medical Center for achieving the highest recognition in their field, demonstrating leadership and superior outcomes in thoracic oncology surgery,” said Dr. Alan Hartman, Senior Vice President and Executive Director cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Northwell. “These fantastic patient outcomes are due to the commitment and expertise of the entire thoracic surgery team – our nurses, anesthesiologists, intensivists, physician assistants, nurses and perioperative staff.”

About 136,000 people die each year from lung cancer in the United States, making it the leading cause of cancer death in the country, according to Northwell. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 236,000 new cases will be diagnosed in America this year, with the rate of new cases varying by state.

If caught early, experts believe many lung cancers can be treated with minimally invasive robotic techniques for surgery.

Northwell’s Thoracic Surgery System Director, Dr. Paul Lee, says such techniques give patients a faster recovery time and are less painful than other technologies. They are used about 98% of the time in hospitals, like LIJ and Lenox Hill.

“Very few thoracic surgery teams achieve the prestigious three-star rating in lung cancer surgery,” Lee said. “When patients come to Northwell, they not only get a top surgeon, but also a team of highly skilled healthcare professionals who work together every day and are committed to delivering the highest quality patient outcomes.

“Patients and family members may choose a surgeon for a procedure, but in fact, consumers should also know that they are choosing an experienced, A-plus team for total surgical care for lung cancer.”

Ryan H. Bowman