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New Therapy for Patients with Heart
Attacks and Clogged Arteries Now Available at Cayuga Medical Center
23, 2010 -- As of 8:00am Nov. 8th 2010, care as we knew it for our
community’s cardiac patients changed for the better with the arrival of two
experienced interventional cardiologists joining the five existing
cardiologists at the Cayuga Heart Institute. Stephanie
Goodwin, DO has joined Jonathan Mauser, MD and Qutaybeh S. Maghaydah at Cayuga Cardiology of Cayuga Medical Associates. Paul
Stefek, MD has joined Malcolm Brand, MD; Amit Singh, MD, and Lynn Swisher, MD,
at Ithaca Cardiology Associates. This expands the Cayuga Heart Institute
at CMC to seven cardiologists.
this means is that heart patients can now have their arteries opened with
percutaneous coronary intervention (also known as PCI) here in Ithaca. For
patients presenting to Cayuga Medical Center with a heart attack, with a closed
heart artery, they will be taken to the catheterization laboratory at the Heart
Institute immediately and will undergo intervention to open the artery to
restore blood flow and save heart muscle. In addition to heart attack patients,
heart patients with severe narrowing of heart arteries and with chest
discomfort not able to be controlled with medication, will also be able to have
their arteries opened electively at the Heart Institute. The interventional
team is available 24/7, 365 days a year to intervene during heart attacks.
2009, Cayuga Medical Center renovated its cardiac center in anticipation of
developing the interventional program. With two interventional cardiology
laboratories, a new pre- and post-operative recovery area, and new waiting and
conference areas the Cayuga Heart Institute has improved their services for
heart patients in the community. A strong alliance with the Rochester Heart
Institute, at Rochester General Hospital, has helped provide additional
training for staff and will oversee quality assessment for the interventional
program at the Cayuga Heart Institute.
Goodwin received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the Albany College of Pharmacy in
Albany, New York. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Osteopathy from the
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. She then
completed her rotating internship at Massapequa General Hospital in Seaford,
New York. Dr. Goodwin completed her residency in Internal Medicine and
fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre,
Pennsylvania. She was First Year Resident of the Year in 1991 and Chief Medical
Resident from 1992-1993. Dr. Goodwin is board certified in Interventional
Cardiology and Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Goodwin has developed multiple
interventional programs during her career, including two similar to Cayuga
Heart Institute’s program.
Dr. Stefek graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biology from
Union College and graduated from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New
York. He then completed his internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship at
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Stefek is board certified in
cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, and adult echocardiography.
He has been practicing interventional cardiology in Youngstown, Ohio since
1988. Dr. Stefek has co-directed the catheterization Laboratories at St.
Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown Ohio, and personally designed the
existing laboratories at that institution.
“The addition of PCI and these highly
experienced doctors is a game-changer for not only the Cayuga Heart Institute,
but Ithaca residents as well. The ability to perform PCI allows us to provide
immediate interventional cardiac care to heart attack patients without sending
them out of the community. The addition of Dr. Goodwin and Dr. Stefek provides
the Cayuga Heart Institute with yet another resource for patients needing
emergency interventional cardiac care. We have made sure that when it matters
most, your heart is in good hands,” said Rob Mackenzie, MD, president and CEO
of Cayuga Medical Center.
this new service to Cayuga Heart Institute’s current services, I believe this
is a significant addition to the care our heart patients receive here in
Ithaca. It is important for our patients to know that they should seek medical
attention as soon as possible for chest discomfort as the sooner we can get the
patient to our catheterization laboratory and open the artery, the better the
long term result – Time is Muscle !” said Dr. Stefek, Director of
Interventional Cardiology at Cayuga Medical Center.
patients in this community by being able to perform interventional cardiac
procedures is truly a team approach. We appreciate and respect the various
staff members and physicians who are committed to helping us provide this
crucial service so that we can manage our patients at home, here in Ithaca,”
said Dr. Goodwin.
Cayuga Medical Center is a 204-bed,
state-of-the art regional medical center and is affiliated with many
prestigious health care organizations including Cornell University’s Weill
Medical College in New York City, Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo,
NY, the Rochester Heart Institute at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester,
NY, and Mayo Medical Laboratories. For more information on services available
at the medical center and its satellite campuses, please visit
www.cayugamed.org or call (607) 274-4498.