Good Samaritan Hospital Cardiothoracic Program: Comprehensive, Integrated Cardiac Care, Close to Home

When faced with the frightening thought of needing open-heart surgery, many people think they should go to a large facility in the city, but advanced cardiothoracic care is available right here in Rockland County. In fact, Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is the only hospital in Rockland and Orange counties to provide a dedicated cardiothoracic program and access to specialized surgeons.

Cardiovascular patients will find that choosing cardiac therapy close to where they live at the Active International Heart and Vascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital will make doctors’ visits, hospitalizations and follow-up appointments easier and less stressful. Each patient receives personal attention from our dedicated staff and physicians who are available to answer questions and address any issues. Customized care, convenience and the elimination of anxiety are important factors for a successful recovery. In addition to the individual attention patients receive, the program’s expert cardiothoracic team offers a range of cutting-edge cardiac surgeries, without having to leave the region.

Good Samaritan Hospital embraces state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical techniques that utilize small keyhole incisions made between the ribs to perform coronary bypass or make repairs to the heart valve and other cardiac conditions. These procedures avoid the major complications often seen with standard open surgery and lead to faster recoveries.

While some patients can be treated with medications or smaller catheter procedures, others are resistant to these interventions. Good Samaritan Hospital’s cardiothoracic team performs the latest surgical procedures including:


Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery:

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is perhaps the best-known type of cardiac surgery. Using portions or grafts of a patient’s own veins or arteries, surgeons provide a new source of blood flow around blocked coronary arteries.


Valve Repair/Replacement Surgery

Good Samaritan cardiothoracic surgeons are highly skilled at repairing blocked or leaking heart valves. The first choice is always to preserve native valve, but when a patient’s heart valve is too badly damaged, mechanical or tissue prostheses are used.


Atrial Fibrillation Surgery

Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that can lead to rapid, irregular heartbeats. Cardiothoracic surgeons perform radiofrequency ablations utilizing a catheter armed with an electrode at the tip. The electrode emits radio waves that create heat that destroy and repair the affected areas of heart tissue, essentially zapping the heart back into rhythm.

Patients recovering from these and other cardiac interventions benefit from Good Samaritan’s comprehensive monitoring network which closely observes heart and lung functions to ensure a successful recuperation. The program offers a leading-edge Cardiac ICU for patients to heal safely in the comfort of private suites.

The Good Samaritan Hospital cardiothoracic surgeons have national reputations and extensive backgrounds of practice, teaching and research in adult cardiothoracic surgery. Cary S. Passik, MD, FACS has 30 years of experience and was the first surgeon in Connecticut to perform surgical ventricular restoration for congestive heart failure, and to use sutureless aortic valves. Additionally, he developed a bloodless heart-surgery program in which 85 percent of elective surgical patients did not require transfusions after surgery. Chirag Dilip Badami, MD,FACS has over 15 years of experience and specializes in valvular heart disease, arrhythmia and heart failure, coronary artery disease and TAVR/endoscopic therapies.

By Alan Roth 

Good Samaritan Hospital’s Active International Heart Institute provides expert and complex surgical cardiac interventions, conveniently close to home. For more information please call 845.368.8800 or