UHS celebrates open heart surgery anniversary


UHS is celebrating a milestone that changed the landscape of healthcare in Greater Binghamton. 

30 years ago, in March of 1989, UHS brought open heart surgery to our area.

In the late 80s, residents and hospital leaders worked together on a petition to bring open heart surgery to Greater Binghamton.

In 1989, the invasive cardiology and cardiac surgery program at UHS became the first one approved by the New York State Department of Health in 15 years. 

The cardiac surgery suite opened at Binghamton General Hospital and the first procedure took place on March 21st.

UHS President John Carrigg says the program has forever changed the community. “We always think about our patients and what we can provide to our patients. And how many lives we’ve saved, how many lives we’ve improved. Whether it’s from cardiac surgery or cardiac rehab after surgery. That presence of the program, the presence of UHS and what we mean to the community is something to celebrate.”

Carrigg says UHS’s cardiac services have expanded exponentially in the 30 years since its start, offering much more minimally invasive procedures. 

One advancement to look for going forward is the MitraClip procedure for patients experiencing mitral regurgitation. 

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