Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons joins St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates

St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates (SPHPMA) is pleased to announce that Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons (ACTS) has joined the medical group effective July 1, 2022.

ACTS is the oldest cardiac surgery practice in the capital region dedicated to cardiothoracic surgery. Founded in 1955, ACTS has a long tradition of working as a coordinated team to provide expert, high quality, and compassionate cardiothoracic surgical care. ACTS is the exclusive Cardiac Surgery Provider at St. Peter’s Hospital (SPH).

The cardiothoracic team performs both minimally invasive surgeries and the most complex and difficult surgeries using the latest and most advanced techniques, with surgical results exceeding state and national standards.

“The addition of Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons to our medical group is an exciting development. Together, we are sharing our deep knowledge and expertise to strengthen cardiac care throughout the Capital Region,” said Kellie Valenti, President of the SPHPMA “This partnership will serve to strengthen our cardiac program at SPH, which is consistently ranked in the top 10% of US cardiac surgery hospitals by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.”

“ACTS has a long history of serving patients traveling from throughout the tri-state area for the exceptional care they provide,” Valenti noted. “We are truly honored to have them join our group of physicians as they seek to continue providing world-class care for decades to come.”

Physicians practicing at ACTS include Sulaiman Hasan, MD; Stephanie Helmer, MD; and Soon Park, MD. Services offered include arrhythmia surgery; minimally invasive surgery; heart surgery; cardiothoracic surgery; vascular surgery; pacemakers; and laser lead extraction.

The practice is located at 319 S. Manning Blvd., Suite 110a in Albany, on the campus of St. Peter’s Hospital. They can be contacted at 518-525-2525. To learn more visit

SPH Rankings
In addition to being ranked in the Top 10% of American Cardiac Surgery Hospitals (Society of Thoracic Surgeons), SPH is one of three SPHP hospitals (also Samaritan Hospital and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital) to be recognized as the top hospital by US news and world report. The 2021/2022 ranking places SPHP 12e among more than 200 hospitals in New York State, and #1 in the Capital Region (for the eighth consecutive year) and Northeast New York. It has also been recognized as high performing in seventeen specialties and procedures/conditions including Heart Failure, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Attack, Cardiac Bypass, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Surgery (TAVR) , stroke, COPD, and lung and lung surgery.

SPHPMA is one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in the Capital Region, with over 850 physicians and advanced practitioners in over 130 practice locations. It is affiliated with St. Peter’s Health Partners – the region’s largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit network of high quality advanced medical care, primary care, rehabilitation and services for the elderly. Visit for more information.

About St. Peter’s Health Partners
With nearly 11,000 employees in more than 185 locations, St. Peter’s Health Partners is one of the largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit integrated healthcare networks in the Capital Region, providing care high quality, compassionate and sophisticated to thousands of people. every day. St. Peter’s Health Partners is a member of Trinity Health, one of the nation’s largest Catholic health systems. For more information, please visit

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