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New Therapy for Patients with Heart Attacks and Clogged Arteries



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 New Therapy for Patients with Heart Attacks and Clogged Arteries Now Available at Cayuga Medical Center


December 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.


            What 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.


            In 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.


            Dr. 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.


            “With 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.


            “Treating 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 or call (607) 274-4498.

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