Saint Peter’s University Hospital Achieves State Approval to Perform Elective Angioplasty Procedures

December 16, 2021

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Achieves State Approval to Perform Elective Angioplasty Procedures
Expands cardiac diagnostic procedures available to patients, increasing access to care
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – December 16, 2021 – Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, has received approval by the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) for the addition of elective angioplasty/elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as a licensed service provided. Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (A1176) earlier this year that addressed a longstanding lack of licensed angioplasty facilities at locations that were not licensed cardiac surgery centers. The new legislation allowed Saint Peter’s and other qualified facilities to apply for licensing approval to perform elective angioplasty.
Angioplasty is a decades-proven procedure that increases life-sustaining blood flow to the heart when coronary artery disease has blocked the vessels that feed it. Guided by sophisticated imaging, surgeons thread a thin, flexible tube through the bloodstream to deliver powerful intervention, right at the site of the blockage.
Saint Peter’s was previously licensed to only perform diagnostic cardiac catheterization and emergency angioplasty, but like other similarly licensed hospitals was not permitted, based on previous regulations, to perform angioplasty on an elective basis.
Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, president and CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, has been a staunch advocate pushing for Saint Peter’s ability to perform elective angioplasty, especially because the hospital has long had approval to perform diagnostic cardiac catheterization and emergency angioplasty. His advocacy focused on increasing immediate access to advanced cardiac care for patients in New Jersey.
Saint Peter’s approval as a provider of elective angioplasty was based on a variety of factors including supporting materials reviewed by the DOH, as well as a recommendation by the Department’s Survey and Field Operations program, which conducted an on-site inspection of Saint Peter’s cardiac catheterization suites.
“Saint Peter’s has demonstrated the ability to safely perform diagnostic cardiac catheterizations and emergency angioplasties that could save lives, and now that we can perform elective angioplasty, we have expanded the scope of diagnostic and treatment capabilities for those patients with cardiac disease,” said Hirsch. “I am grateful for the long-standing support of the cardiologists who practice at Saint Peter’s and because of our collaborative efforts, our patients will be better served by not having to go elsewhere for elective angioplasty. Our physicians and skilled clinical staff are highly capable, dedicated, and ready to provide quality, accessible care without delay. For us, it’s always been about our patients, affording them more immediate access to care at their hospital of choice.
“My appreciation is also extended to Governor Murphy and Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli and especially to the leadership of the Middlesex County legislative delegation led by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senator Joseph Vitale, without whom this legislation would not have become a reality.”

About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit or call 732-745-8600.

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