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 Capital Region’s oldest heart surgery practice dedicated to cardiothoracic surgery. Founded in 1955, ACTS has a long tradition of working as a coordinated team to provide expert, high quality, compassionate cardiothoracic surgical care. ACTS has been the exclusive provider of cardiac surgery 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 surpassing both state and national standards.

“The addition of Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons to our medical group is an exciting development. Together we are sharing our depth of knowledge and expertise to strengthen heart care throughout the Capital Region,” said Kellie Valenti, president of SPHPMA. “This partnership will serve to bolster our cardiac program at SPH, which is consistently ranked among the top 10 percent of America’s heart surgery hospitals by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.”

“ACTS has long served patients that would travel from throughout the tri-state area for the exceptional care they provide,” Valenti noted. “We are truly honored to have them join our physician group as they look to continue to provide world-class care for decades to come.”

Physicians practicing at ACTS include Sulaiman Hasan, MD; Stephanie Helmer, MD; and Soon Park, MD. Among the services offered are arrhythmia surgery; minimally invasive surgery; cardiac 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 St. Peter’s Hospital campus. They can be contacted at 518-525-2525. To learn more, visit

SPH Rankings
In addition to ranking among the top 10 percent of America’s heart surgery hospitals (Society of Thoracic Surgeons), SPH is one of three SPHP hospitals (also Samaritan Hospital and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital) to be recognized as a Best Hospital by U.S. News and World Report. The 2021/2022 rankings placed SPHP 12th among more than 200 hospitals in New York state, and #1 in both the Capital Region (for the eighth year in a row) and in northeastern New York. It was also recognized as high performing in seventeen specialties and procedures/conditions, including heart failure, aortic valve surgery, heart attack, heart bypass surgery, transcatheter aortic valve surgery (TAVR), stroke, COPD, and pulmonary and lung surgery.

SPHPMA is one of the Capital Region’s largest multi-specialty physician groups, with more than 850 physicians and advanced practitioners in more than 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 senior services. 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 Capital Region’s largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit integrated health care networks, and provides high-quality, compassionate, and sophisticated care 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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