Ten years ago, facing a rapidly aging population and a growing need for cardiac services in the region, Community Medical Center began an aggressive campaign to expand the scope of its cardiac care. “We’ve developed a proactive, highly-collaborative Cardiology program at Community Medical Center that’s built on evidence-based care,” says Dr. Cornell, “with the protocols, programs and comprehensive services in place to meet the specialized needs of Ocean County’s cardiac patients before, during and after a cardiac event,” he adds.
Today, the hospital maintains two state of the art cardiac catheterization laboratories that provide both diagnostic and interventional testing and treatment. In addition to the hundreds of diagnostic catheterizations performed last year, the high tech labs are also utilized for coronary angioplasty. Coronary angioplasty is the gold standard when it comes to treating a heart attack. The procedure is less invasive compared to surgery, requires less recovery time than other types of treatments and offers the best patient outcomes.
Community Medical Center has been performing coronary angioplasty on an emergency basis since 2005, with 132 procedures for acute MI patients performed last year. The hospital continually achieves the 90-minute standard of “door to balloon time” for emergent angioplasty patients with an average time of 76 minutes.
That level of expertise led to the Medical Center’s approval in 2008 to participate in the Atlantic C-PORT (Cardiovascular Patient Outcomes Research Team) project, a nationwide study led by Johns Hopkins University, designed to study patient outcomes of those treated with elective angioplasty at hospitals with cardiac surgery on-site versus those with off-site back up. The study has enabled the highly skilled interventional cardiologists on staff to perform elective angioplasty – and allows patients to remain in the continuous care of their primary care physicians and cardiologists. Last year 233 elective angioplasties were performed with outstanding results and while the study was set to come to a close, the NJ Health Care Administration Board voted to extend the program until December 2012.
“These top-notch accreditations and achievements are indicators of our ability to provide early intervention, streamlined care processes and comprehensive follow up
and rehabilitation that dramatically impacts the care our cardiac patients receive. They’re also an indicator of the high quality, professional emergency physicians,