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Wall Street Journal Runs Feature on New Asthma Surgical Procedure
In its November 2nd issue, the Wall Street Journal published a story on Beth Israel’s new surgical procedure for severe asthma, called bronchial thermoplasty. Arthur Sung, MD, BI’s Director of Interventional Pulmonology, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, is performing this innovative treatment, which is newly approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
The story, printed on page one of the “Personal Journal” section, is entitled “New Surgery to Treat Asthma.” Authored by health writer Melinda Beck, it features one of Dr. Sung’s patients, Todd Anderson, a 29 year-old music teacher in New York City who has benefitted from the procedure.
Bronchial thermoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure for patients 18 years and older whose asthma isn’t controlled by inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists. It is performed in three separate treatments, each focusing on different sections of the lungs. With patients under light sedation, interventional pulmonologists guide standard bronchoscopes, attached with a camera and lights, into bronchial airways, where an array of electrodes on the bronchoscope’s tip uses heated radiofrequency energy to shrinkmuscle and create larger bronchial openings. Beth Israel is among the first hospitals in the United States offering the procedure.
Long Island College Hospital to Become Part of SUNY Downstate
Governor David A. Paterson and several other elected and state officials joined with John C. LaRosa, MD, President of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and Stanley Brezenoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Continuum Health Partners formally announce an agreement under which Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn – a member of the Continuum Health Partners network since 1999 – would become a part of SUNY Downstate, pending final approval from all appropriate and required regulatory agencies and authorities.
Beth Israel Medical Center and New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Named in “Best Hospitals” Issue of U.S. News & World Report
Beth Israel Medical Center and The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, member institutions of Continuum Health Partners, are among those listed in the 2010 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” annual survey, released online July 15th.
The magazine assesses hospital care in 16 key medical specialties and only 152 of the 4,852 hospitals surveyed are named to this prestigious list. Under the specialty of “Ear, Nose and Throat,” NYEE ranks 41st and Beth Israel ranks 45th. Under the specialty of “Ophthalmology,” NYEE ranks 13th. NYEE has consistently been listed on both of these specialties for many years; this is the second consecutive year that Beth Israel has been ranked for excellence in ear, nose and throat care.
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