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SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, September 30, 2019 — Dr. Yoram Amsalem has joined the interventional cardiology team at Saratoga Hospital. He has extensive experience in treating cardiac and peripheral vascular conditions, especially in high-risk and complex patients.
Amsalem comes to Saratoga Hospital from New York City’s Montefiore Medical Center and Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s Hospital. He was a senior interventional cardiologist on staff at both facilities and has performed more than 1,000 percutaneous coronary interventions, a procedure formerly known as balloon angioplasty with stenting to open clogged arteries in the heart.
“We recruited Dr. Amsalem specifically to help us meet increased demand for advanced cardiology care,” said Dr. Richard Falivena, vice president and chief medical and physician integration officer at Saratoga Hospital. “His skills, experience and track record of exceptional results make him an excellent addition to our interventional cardiology program.”
Interventional cardiology is a branch of cardiology that deals specifically with minimally invasive, catheter-based procedures—including percutaneous coronary interventions—to diagnose and treat heart conditions. Procedures are performed in high-tech cardiac catheterization laboratories by specially trained cardiologists.
Saratoga Hospital has made significant investments to expand cardiology services in recent years. With support from its affiliate, Albany Med, in 2017 Saratoga Hospital added 24/7 emergency cardiac interventions, clearing the way for ambulances to bring heart attack patients straight to Saratoga Hospital for potentially lifesaving procedures.
The interventional team is led by Dr. Rocco Grella, medical director of interventional cardiology at Saratoga Hospital. In addition to Amsalem, the team includes cardiologists from Albany Med and nurses and technologists with specialized cardiac-related expertise.
Saratoga Hospital also recently invested $3.25 million to update and expand its Whitney-Hendrickson Cardiovascular & Interventional Suite. The expansion added a second catheterization suite to support the 24/7 emergency interventional cardiology program and other critical services.
“We have assembled an extraordinary team, purchased the latest technology and collaborated with our affiliate, Albany Med, to provide higher-level cardiac care in our community,” said Jeffrey Winacott, administrative director of Saratoga Hospital’s cardiovascular service line. “The resulting cardiology program is yet another example of how our affiliation with Albany Med helps us fulfill our commitment to the Saratoga region.”
Amsalem earned his medical degree from Ben Gurion University of the Negev School of Medicine in Israel. He completed an internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at Sheba Medical Center in Israel, followed by a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Amsalem is board certified in internal medicine, with subspecialty certification in cardiovascular disease. He is in practice with Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Cardiology and sees patients at 254 Church St. in Saratoga Springs and at Saratoga Medical Park at Malta.
About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. The hospital’s multispecialty practice, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, provides care at more than 20 locations, ensuring easy access to programs and services that can have the greatest impact on individual and community health. Saratoga Hospital has maintained Magnet designation for nursing excellence since 2004. Through its affiliation with Columbia Memorial Health and Albany Med, Saratoga Hospital is part of the largest locally governed health system in the region. For more information: www.saratogahospital.org or www.facebook.com/SaratogaHospital.
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