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Deborah Heart and Lung Center is Proud to Be Measurably Better For You

At Deborah®, we strive to provide the best care and outcomes possible, and we are proud to be validated by the referrals and testimonials we receive from patients every day. You can learn more about our proven track record below when it comes to cardiac care, quality outcomes, patient satisfaction, communication and the benefits that our patients receive from alliances we’ve formed. Our expanding network of locations adds a level of convenience for patients from the suburbs to the shore. We are Measurably Better and because of that, you get better here.

Browse All The Ways We're Measurably Better

Our Growing Network Offers Convenience

For the convenience of our patients in the Delaware Valley, we have providers from the suburbs to the shore, with easily accessible locations throughout Atlantic, Burlington, Ocean, and now Mercer counties.

Offices in Ocean County

Our Deborah Specialty Physicians provide Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Heart Failure, Pediatric Cardiology, and Vascular Services at convenient locations in Manahawkin, Toms River, and Whiting.

Offices in Burlington County

Thanks to our convenient satellite offices, patients can experience many of the services they know and trust from Deborah without traveling to our main hospital campus. Deborah Specialty Physicians provides Cardiology, Diabetes and Endocrinology, and Vascular Services at our offices in Browns Mills, Burlington, and Mt. Laurel.

Office in Atlantic County

With a convenient location in Galloway, our patients can receive Cardiology and Electrophysiology care close to home – without a trip to our Browns Mills campus.

New Location in Mercer County

Deborah Specialty Physicians Lawrenceville offers advanced heart failure and sleep medicine services close to home.

Our Philosophy is Collaboration Over Competition

We have relationships with Capital Health for Emergency Services, Cooper University Health Care for treating members of the military community, as well as an alliance with Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. Our goal is to deliver the very best care to patients – whenever and wherever they need it.

Physical Therapy Services by Ivy Rehab

Services are provided by Ivy Rehab, the region’s most respected provider of physical therapy services. Ivy has a network of over 225 locations, and an exacting training program for each of its therapists to ensure the highest quality care to Deborah patients.


Wound Care Services Provided by SerenaGroup®

At the James Klinghoffer Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Treatment, services are provided by SerenaGroup®, a global health care company dedicated to the science of wound healing, advancing care with cutting-edge modalities and positive patient experiences. Deborah is also a recipient of the SerenaGroup’s Gold Standard Quality Seal of Approval, a standard that reflects on best practices to ensure chronic wound care patients receive the care they need.

Educational Partnership with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at TJU

Deborah is an ACGME accredited Fellowship Graduate Training program in educational partnership with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, and is nationally renowned for the quality of its training programs, drawing a diverse and talented group of students each year.

Heart Care is What We Do – All Day, Every Day, For the Last 100 Years

As the only specialty heart and lung hospital in NJ, we have been innovating and honing our skills since 1922. Specializing allows us to be the best at what we do. Our focus is clear and focused on innovating, refining and perfecting our efforts in the heart and lung field.

Highest Survival Rate for Cardiac Surgeries in NJ

Having the lowest mortality rate for cardiac surgeries in NJ says a lot. Deborah’s survival rate is 10 times better than the NJ average, with just .18 deaths per 100 surgeries compared to an average of 1.8 deaths throughout the state.

We Speak Fluent Patient

Based on thousands of testimonials and patient surveys, it is clear that one of the things our patients appreciate the most is our ability to communicate with them about complex topics during what is often a very emotional time. The number of people who have commented on their physician’s listening skills, ability to simplify complicated diagnoses, and a commitment to caring for the whole person is a testament to the quality of our team.

Dr. Bullock-Palmer is an outstanding cardiologist. She is the only reason I travel 70 minutes to Deborah Heart and Lung Center.
Terence L.
Google Review, March 2021

Highly Rated by Medicare & Medicaid

Rated 4 out of 5 stars by National Hospital Compare and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for providing safe, timely, high quality care and a superior patient experience. Deborah has consistently achieved a rank in the top 10 to 20% of all hospitals nationwide and has achieved designation as a “Top Hospital” for a variety of quality measures.

4.8 Star Rating

Rated 4.8/5 Stars on Patient Surveys

We’ve partnered with RepuGen, a leading independent patient satisfaction company to collect and calculate our survey data. They survey all patients who are seen in our outpatient clinic within 24 hours of their visit. Patients are asked to complete the survey and provide comments about the care they received, which we use to improve and enhance our care.

Patients are asked to rate their experience on a scale from 0 to 10, with 0 being poor and 10 being excellent. Our provider average is 9.6/10, which we have extrapolated to 4.8/5 on a typical 5-star rating system.

Named a 2021 Top Teaching Hospital Nationally by The Leapfrog Group

Highlighting our achievements in patient safety and quality, Deborah was named a 2021 Top Teaching Hospital in the US by The Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award and only a total of 149 top hospitals nationwide were selected, including Deborah.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Ranked Among the Top 7% of Hospitals in the US and Canada

Deborah has received a 3-star rating — the highest available — from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. This designation represents one of the most respected professional benchmarks for quality cardiac surgery in the United States and Canada. Fewer than 7% of cardiac programs receive this distinction.

Four Stars for Patient Experience as Rated by the HCAHPS

4/5 Stars for Patient Experience as rated by HCAHPS

HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients’ perspectives of hospital care. We are proud to rank highly with patients based on their own experiences.

Cardiac Surgery Outcomes Preview

Most Consistent Top Performer Comparing Cardiac Surgery Outcome Scores

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has ranked Deborah as a top hospital in NJ in cardiac surgery outcomes. While competing hospitals have shown fluctuating scores from year to year, Deborah has consistently ranked among the very top reporting hospitals in the state.


Offering Emergency Care in the Pine Barrens

The Emergency Room at Deborah Heart and Lung Center is operated via a partnership with Capital Health. This arrangement allows us to offer a critical local resource for those in need of immediate medical attention. Having it run by Capital Health allows us to continue to focus on what we do best.

HeroCare Connect | Deborah Heart and Lung Center | Cooper University Health Care

Expedited Appointments for the Military Community

HeroCare Connect™ is a unique collaboration between two unaffiliated healthcare systems — Deborah Heart and Lung Center and Cooper University Health Care — with a shared commitment to improving access to high quality specialty healthcare in a timely manner for all members of the military community. The program offers collective expertise in over 75 specialties, with state-of-the-art hospital facilities and outpatient locations throughout Southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Burns is one in a million! His expertise, compassion, professionalism and overall warm personality make him among the best of the best.
Tice Family
HealthGrades Review, May 2021
Time Magazine with Surgeon on Cover

Performed the Very First Heart Surgeries in NJ

Dr. Charles Bailey, a pioneer in heart surgery, performed the first two open-heart surgeries in the state of New Jersey in 1958 here at Deborah. These surgeries were life-saving events for an adult and a child, and our commitment to innovation has not wavered since.

84% of Patients Indicated They Would Definitely Recommend Deborah

In the world of healthcare, a high user satisfaction rating is hard to come by, which is why we are very proud that over 84% of our patients said that they would recommend us to their family and friends.

Offering a Full Network of Related Services

Deborah offers a full range of cardiopulmonary services all under one umbrella, including imaging, surgery, bariatric care, wound care, diabetes management, and various rehab services. Our patients benefit from getting the care they need in one place, with providers that communicate and collaborate on their care.

Dr. Zingrone is consistently professional, yet friendly, knowledgeable, thorough and very caring. She never hurries through an appointment, but shows true concern for my well being. I feel privileged and am thankful that she is my cardiologist.
Cheryl D.
Google Review, October 2021
Dr. Costic is very knowledgeable, compassionate and understanding. He spent a lot of time with us explaining what was going on and helping us make a decision on what to do. We have a lot of confidence in his ability as a surgeon.
Lynne A.
HealthGrades Review, November 2021
I wouldn't hesitate to place my life in the hands of Dr. Burns without batting an eye.
Deborah Patient
HealthGrades Review, August 2021

Getting to Deborah is a Breeze

You can get to Deborah without crossing major bridges, with minimal traffic, without tolls and without parking hassles upon arrival. Avoid the big cities and receive measurably better heart care at the same time. For patients whose treatment requires multiple visits, our convenient location is a meaningful benefit.

Trusted to Train the Next Heart Specialists

For over 65 years, we’ve been training graduate fellows in Cardiology, Electrophysiology, and Vascular Surgery. Our expertise is in every aspect of cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment and our fellows are exposed to all of it during their stay. They learn best practices in patient safety and quality and go on to be exceptional heart care physicians around the country.

They did a complete work up on me. When I left after that appointment, I just sat in my car crying. It was the first time people were taking me seriously and listening to me.
Dana Bowling
Deborah Patient

Our Imaging Services are Accredited

Our imaging services have earned numerous 3-year accreditations from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. These accreditations reflect a commitment to quality care and accurate diagnoses.

I am so happy I went for that second opinion [at Deborah]. It saved my life!
Sandy Donovan
Deborah Patient
I have found Dr. Kamath to be exceptionally sensitive, caring and easy to communicate with. He explains things and answers questions clearly and completely.
Deborah Patient
HealthGrades Review, May 2021

Patients Travel 1000’s of Miles Because of Our Reputation

In 2021, we treated patients from 43 states who traveled across the country based on research and referrals from family, friends and physicians.

Dr. Altimore is a big part of why I'm still alive.
John M.
HealthGrades Review, March 2021
Cleveland Clinic Alliance

Our Alliance with Cleveland Clinic Elevates Our Standard of Care

Deborah Heart and Lung Center is an alliance partner of Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, which is ranked #1 in the nation for heart care since 1995 by U.S. News and World Report. This alliance allows for the sharing of best practices, enhancing opportunities to provide new treatments and therapies to patients, as well as exploring cutting-edge technologies and techniques in cardiac care that accelerate advances in heart and vascular treatments for patients in the Delaware Valley.

Dr. Frank is thorough and treats you like a partner in the care of your health.
Deborah Patient
HealthGrades Review, May 2021

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