Press Releases & Announcements

New Medical Director of Electrophysiology Department

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - Danbury, CT

Danbury Hospital, in its continuing efforts to provide the highest level of care, is pleased to announce Robert Winslow, M.D., as the new medical director of the Praxair Regional Heart & Vascular Center’s Electrophysiology Department. Dr. Winslow will oversee all aspects of this department, which brings the transformation of the nationally acclaimed Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center into a full-service facility offering every type of advanced cardiovascular procedure available at the nation’s top centers.

Dr. Winslow joins a prestigious group of physician leaders, who along with their clinical and administrative staff, have been designated a nationally ranked program-Top 5 percent in the U.S. and the number #1 cardiac surgery program in Connecticut by HealthGrades® for 2009. HealthGrades® is the nation’s leading independent health care ranking organization. Electrophysiologists treat irregular heart rhythms, a potentially life-threatening condition that affects one in four people in the United States.

Andrew Keller, M.D., medical executive of the cardiovascular service line, chief of the cardiology section and medical director of the echocardiography laboratory, said “We are the only hospital in western Connecticut and nearby New York with a complete range of cardiac services and proud to have Dr. Winslow as our newest physician leader. He has tremendous credentials and just as importantly, a wonderful ability to speak to patients in a way to help them make informed decisions and play an important role in engaging in their care and treatment. Dr. Winslow, along with our entire team, will continue to work to provide exceptional results while allowing patients and family to stay close to home.”

The Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center offers every type of cardiac procedure—open heart surgery, valve replacements, emergency and elective angioplasty, vascular surgery, cardiac testing, radiofrequency ablation, device implantations—short of heart transplants. Another resource is the hospital’s accredited Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory, among the top 2 percent in the nation, which offers high quality testing for vascular disease.

“I was attracted to Danbury Hospital’s supportive and progressive administration that’s always willing to explore new opportunities. Everyone is committed to delivering quality care,” said Dr. Winslow. “Patients benefit by having access to safe and effective therapies for controlling fast and slow heart rhythms without needing to leave their community.”

Dr. Winslow, who comes from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he was a fellow in electrophysiology and completed a residency in internal medicine. Board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and electrophysiology, he was a fellow in cardiovascular diseases at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Marie-Josee and Henry Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health and Zena and Michael Weiner Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Winslow earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.

Electrophysiologists study the electrical activity and pathways of the heart to diagnose and treat irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias. Symptoms include palpitations, lightheadedness, fainting and shortness of breath.

Most arrhythmias don’t require treatment. But if symptoms persist, doctors can prescribe medication or surgically implant pacemakers, defibrillators and other devices to help the heart maintain a steady beat. “Some devices can even improve heart function and congestive heart failure in patients,” said Dr. Winslow. “A procedure known as radiofrequency ablation can cure a large percentage of arrhythmias,” said Winslow. “This procedure uses radio waves to heat and destroy the heart tissue causing the arrhythmia,” he said.

The addition of electrophysiology services in 2008 completes the compendium of care available at the Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center, the only advanced cardiovascular center in western Connecticut and adjacent New York.

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with New York Medical College, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital provides centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, digestive disorders and radiology. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Medical staff members are board certified in their specialties.

Danbury Hospital is ranked in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country for overall clinical performance by HealthGrades®, a leading independent health care rating organization. It is the only health care facility in Connecticut ranked among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance five years in a row.

In the area of cardiac care, Danbury Hospital is ranked number one in Connecticut for cardiac surgery and in the top 5 percent nationally for overall cardiac care by HealthGrades®. This is the second consecutive year for the national award.

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