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All 11 NYC Health + Hospitals Acute Care Facilities Recognized With American Heart Association’s “Get With the Guidelines” Achievement Awards

The American Heart Association achievement awards recognize NYC Health + Hospitals’ commitment to quality care and treatment

Aug 13, 2020

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that each of its 11 acute care facilities were recognized with the American Heart Association’s “Get with the Guidelines” Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the public hospital system’s commitment to ensuring patients with heart disease receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. NYC Health + Hospitals earned these recognitions by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure and stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, and receive other care transition interventions. “Get with the Guidelines” programs have touched the lives of more than 7 million patients since 2001 by speeding recovery and helping save lives.

“These recognitions by the American Heart Association are a direct reflection of our talented and passionate cardiology care teams across the system, as well as our investments in skills building and other resources to ensure our patients receive the most comprehensive care,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Chief Medical Office Machalle Allen, MD. “We thank each and every member of our cardiology teams across the system for the lifesaving work they do every day.”

Facilities and their “Get with the Guidelines” recognitions are:

  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue: Stroke Elite Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll; Heart Failure Gold Plus Award with Target: HF and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island: Heart Failure Bronze; Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst: Resuscitation Gold; Stroke Elite Plus Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll; Heart Failure Silver Award
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem:Heart Failure Bronze with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi: Heart Failure Gold Plus Award with Target: HF and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll; Resuscitation Gold; Resuscitation Silver Plus; Stroke Elite Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County: Resuscitation Gold; Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll Award; and Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln: Heart Failure Gold Award; Stroke Elite Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan: Stroke Gold Plus Award
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx: Heart Failure Gold Plus Award
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens: Heart Failure Silver Plus; Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull: Heart Failure Gold Award; Stroke Gold Plus Award

“We are honored to receive these recognitions for our treatment of patients with heart attacks, heart failure, stroke and cardiac arrest,” said Norma Keller, MD, FACC, Chief of Cardiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. “We are devoted to maintaining cardiovascular health, preventing cardiovascular disease, and treating all aspects and severity of disease, including special expertise for patients sustaining cardiac arrest. Exceptional care for patients can only be provided by a dedicated team of experts and I am privileged to work with such a wonderful team at Bellevue and our colleagues throughout the NYC Health + Hospitals system.”

“Our team is dedicated to helping South Brooklynites live their healthiest life, and each day they do so by providing exceptional care to patients experiencing heart failure or stroke,” said Terence Brady, MD, Chief Medical Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island. “We are honored to receive this important recognition each year from the American Heart Association, which shows that we continue strive for excellence for all of our patients.”

“NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines initiative,” said David Rubinstein, MD, Director of Cardiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes. We also want to thank our Bridge Team for their efforts in working with our cardiology department to effectively manage and care for our patients.”

“Our multidisciplinary care team has worked consistently and diligently on improving outcomes for our patients dealing with chronic heart failure,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem CEO Eboné M. Carrington. “We are humbled to receive the American Heart Association’s 2020 GWTG-Heart Failure Bronze & Target: HF Honor Roll Award. Having NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem acknowledged solidifies our commitment to safety and affirms that we are on way to high reliability.”

“This award is a true testament to the hard work and team effort displayed by our chronic heart failure team on a daily basis,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Chief of Cardiology Seth Sokol, MD.

“I am extremely proud of our cardiovascular team of dedicated and hardworking physicians, nurses and social workers, nutritionist and pharmacists at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County for achieving GWTG-Heart Failure Gold Plus & Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll Award,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County Chief of Cardiology Inna Bukharovich, MD. “In the Heart Health Center, we provide the comprehensive care for our patients and families, focusing on the needs of our diverse community. Heart failure has been an area of special attention due to its prevalence among the population we serve and comprehensive care have led to improved survival.”

“NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln is proud to be a consistent recipient of this award, a recognition of the dedication and persistence of team members,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln Chief of Cardiology Kenneth Ong, MD. “We are committed to provide the same quality of care for our patients that we expect for ourselves and our loved ones.”

“Our team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan remains fully committed to providing the best possible evidence-based care for patients experiencing acute stroke symptoms,” said Kerin Hausknecht, MD, Chair of Neurology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. “We are very proud of this award, our fifth consecutive recognition from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. This coveted award reflects our successful system-wide approach to stroke management, and is a testament to our staff’s unremitting dedication to improving health care outcomes for the communities we serve.”

North Central Bronx Hospital takes pride in receiving 2020 American Heart Association’s “Get with the Guidelines” Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award; however, our greatest reward is caring for our patients,” said Associate Director of Cardiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx Nidhish Tiwari, MD. “It recognizes our commitment to provide best quality care, as well as improve and maintain optimal health of our patients.”

“Management of heart failure patients can be challenging,” said Farshid Radparvar, MD, Chief of Cardiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens. “We have learned over the years that the optimal way to improve care of heart failure patients is through a multidisciplinary approach involving a medical team that works to address each of the patient’s specific medical conditions.”

“NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull and the cardiology division are delighted to see that all the efforts we put forth on a daily basis to address the needs of our heart failure community, and following the ACC/AHA guidelines have been recognized nationally,” said Senior Attending Cardiologist, Associate Medical Director and Chief Quality Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, Braulio F. Cosme Thormann, MD, FACC. “This award will motivate us to continue to work hard to maintain the status earned and serve our patients best.”

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for 840,768 deaths in 2016.


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