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BUFFALO, NEW YORK; November 15, 2006- Of the 39 hospitals in New York State that are approved to perform heart surgeries on adult patients, Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation has the best survival rates in Western New York State with a 1.67 Total Risk Adjusted Mortality Rate (RAMR) for Isolated CABG (coronary artery bypass graft) surgeries and a 2.74 Total RAMR for combined procedures including Isolated CABG, heart valve replacement and/or repair. The data appear in the recently released New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) report, Adult Cardiac Surgery in New York State 2002-2004, dated June 2006, on page 21 in Table 5, titled "2002-2004 Hospital and Surgeon Outcomes." Additional statistics published in the table for the aforementioned procedures include: number of cases, number of deaths, observed mortality rate (OMR), expected mortality rate (EMR) and confidence intervals (CI) for RAMR.

"This cardiac surgery report is another outstanding example (in addition to the recently published NYSDOH report on trauma outcomes in which ECMC was shown to have the best survival rate in New York State) of the caliber of ECMC's centers of excellence which form the ideal medical care delivery system for our region," stated Michael A. Young, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., President and Chief Executive Officer of ECMC Corporation. ECMC's clinical centers of excellence include those for surgery, emergency, renal (kidney), orthopaedic and cardiac care.

ECMC Chief Medical Officer John R. Fudyma, MD, explained, "Our positive performance is driven by the quality initiatives we have in place, as well as the expertise of our surgical teams of nurses, perfusionists, anesthesiologists and physicians. The most important news about this report is that our cardiac surgery patients are the beneficiaries of our success."

ECMC's Heart Care Center is staffed by many of the finest cardiac physicians and clinical personnel in New York State. In addition to ECMC's top-notch cardiac surgery program, ECMC offers comprehensive cardiac services, including cardiology care for evaluation and management of patients with heart conditions, electrophysiology laboratories (EP Labs) with the latest technology to study and correct irregular electrical activities of the heart, and advanced cardiac catheterization laboratories (Cath Labs) to perform such procedures as angioplasties to open blocked arteries. ECMC operates the area's first 24/7 emergency cardiac care program.

The ECMC Corporation includes an advanced academic medical center (ECMC) with 550 inpatient beds and 156 skilled nursing home beds, on- and off-campus health centers, over 40 outpatient specialty care clinics, and the Erie County Home, a 586-bed skilled nursing facility. ECMC is the regional center for trauma, burn care, rehabilitation, and a major teaching facility for the State University of New York at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians are dedicated faculty members of the University. Exceptional patient care and customer service make ECMC Western New York's Hospital of Choice.

For the complete NYSDOH adult cardiac surgery report, log on to: www.health.state.ny.us./diseases/cardiovascular/heart_disease/docs/cabg_2002-2004.pdf

For more information about ECMC and its Heart Care Center, call 716-898-3000 or log on to www.ecmc.edu

[DEFINITIONS IN BRIEF: Risk-adjusted mortality rate (RAMR) is the best estimate, based on the statistical model, of what the provider’s mortality rate would have been if the provider had a mix of patients similar to the statewide mix. Confidence Intervals (CI) for RAMR is calculated to determine which hospitals had significantly more or fewer deaths than expected given the risk factors of their patients.]


Joe Cirillo, Director of Public Relations, ECMC Corp: 716-898-4300 or jcirillo@ecmc.edu

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