In a significant move to further its commitment to enhancing cardiovascular health, Northwell Health has announced the establishment of the Northwell Cardiovascular Institute (CVI). The initiative seeks to provide advanced patient-centered cardiovascular care throughout its 21-hospital network.
Cardiovascular disease is currently the leading cause of death in the U.S., placing a considerable emphasis on the need for robust healthcare initiatives in this domain. As a recognized leader in cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, Northwell’s creation of the CVI highlights its dedication to promoting heart health amongst New York residents. This is supported by their highly-regarded cardiac care teams, comprehensive programs, and stellar clinical outcomes.
The institute’s direction will be under the joint leadership of co-executive directors, Dr. Alan Hartman and Dr. Jeffrey Kuvin. Together, they envision a multi-disciplinary approach to cardiovascular care, aiming for integrated services that span various specialties.
Speaking on the launch, Dr. Hartman remarked, “This is a formal acknowledgment of an integration that has been in practice at Northwell.” He emphasized the unified vision across all Northwell hospitals and ambulatory sites, catering to the extensive New York area.
Dr. Kuvin shared the excitement, noting that the CVI will help Northwell further its mission of creating an inclusive, innovative, and accessible care system. He believes that this structure will enhance the institution’s strengths in patient care, research, teaching, and innovation.
Jason Lightbody, MBA, PAC, will oversee the administrative functions of the CVI. The mission of the institute is anchored in five core principles:
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Education and Training
- Engagement and Philanthropy
- Quality and Standards
- Research and Innovation
The health system’s advancement in virtual systems, especially during the COVID pandemic, underscores its dedication to patient access and care. With platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Teledoc, consultations and treatments have become more accessible, especially for those with transportation challenges.
Additionally, changes in state regulations have further expanded community-level services. Community hospitals, including Northern Westchester, Peconic, and Plainview, have begun offering advanced cardiac procedures, significantly reducing patients’ travel times during emergencies.
Northwell’s CVI also introduces eight clinical centers of excellence, designed to foster a unified system of care that focuses on addressing health disparities and community engagement. These centers include specialized focuses on arrhythmias, atherosclerosis, heart and lung failures, and women’s heart health, among others.
The formation of the CVI cements Northwell Health’s status as a leading destination for heart care in the region. Dr. Hartman reiterated the importance of such an institute, given the prevailing health challenges, expressing confidence in the direction and vision of the CVI.