Heart surgery

First open heart surgery performed at White Plains Hospital


The first open heart surgery was successfully performed at White Plains Hospital on November 10.

White Plains Hospital’s first heart surgery patient, Reinaldo Ortiz and his wife surrounded by his healthcare team.

Coronary artery bypass grafting was performed by Robert E. Michler, MD, chief surgeon and chair of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at Montefiore Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and William A. Jakobleff, Jr. MD, associate professor, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The procedure was performed in the hospital’s latest state-of-the-art operating room dedicated to cardiac surgery.

“We are addressing a critical need in this region through our partnership with Montefiore to provide comprehensive care to heart patients in the Hudson Valley,” said Susan Fox, President and CEO of White Plains Hospital . “So far, most of Westchester’s patients requiring open heart surgery have chosen to leave the county for treatment. This milestone is the latest example of how White Plains Hospital continues to provide advanced medical care to our community with a focus on excellence, close to home.

White Plains Hospital is only the second hospital in Westchester County to be able to perform open-heart procedures.
“This is a very demanding specialty, which demands excellence at every step of the patient experience, from intensive care to anesthesia care to outpatient experience,” said Dr. Michler. “I am absolutely delighted to be a part of this program and to work with the management and physicians at White Plains Hospital.”

Robert E. Michler, MD, chief surgeon, professor, and president, and William A. Jakobleff, Jr. MD, associate professor, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine, shake hands before at the start of White Plains Hospital’s first open heart surgery.

White Plains Hospital’s first heart surgery patient was referred by Dr. Richard Charney of Montefiore New Rochelle Cardiology. The procedure took place on November 10 and the patient, Reinaldo Ortiz, was able to successfully return home four days later.

Expert heart surgeons have brought their world-class pedigree to Westchester to perform a wide range of cardiac procedures, such as aortic aneurysm surgery, aortic valve surgery, coronary artery bypass surgery and repair and mitral valve replacement.

Dr Michler added that the heart surgery team at White Plains Hospital will work closely with a network of cardiologists and specialists from Westchester County and the Hudson Valley to provide seamless access to the program.

To support the heart surgery program, White Plains Hospital continued to transform its operating rooms, intensive care unit (ICU) and inpatient rooms designed specifically for heart patients.

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