NYC Health + Hospitals Lincoln Stroke Leadership: Teresita Victor, RN, Stroke Coordinator; Lillian Diaz, RN, Chief Nursing Officer; Benjamin Njoku, RN, ICU; Dr. Riyad Basir, Director, Stroke Center; Dr. Anita Soni, Chief Medical Officer; Dr. Alan Kantor, Director Radiology; Sandra Scott, Chief, Emergency Medicine; Dr. Paul Moh, Medical Director, Risk Management, and Milton Nunez, Chief Executive Officer.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln Recognized for High Quality Stroke Care
The Joint Commission and The American Heart/American Stroke Association Bestow Certification and Honors
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln today announced that its Primary Stroke Center has earned The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval®. The hospital is the first in the South Bronx to receive the organization’s Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification.
The hospital also received a Gold Plus Award and the Target Plus Honor Elite Award from the American Heart/American Stroke Association’s “Get with the Guidelines” – stroke program. “Get with the Guidelines” helps hospitals to improve stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific guidelines. It was the third consecutive year the hospital had received the Target award and seventh consecutive year it received the Stroke Gold Plus award.
“NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln is pleased to receive certifications from both The Joint Commission and The American Heart/American Stroke Association,” said Milton Nuñez, chief executive officer of Lincoln Medical Center. “The advanced certification confirms our commitment to provide exceptional stroke care to the communities we serve. As the first Advanced Certified Primary Stroke Center in the South Bronx, we continue to enhance and improve our services. We salute our providers and clinicians for adhering to the highest standards for stroke care for our patients.“
Lincoln Stroke Team: Dr. Omonuwa Kennedy, ICU; Ocansey Korkor, RN, ICU; Teresita Victor, RN, Stroke Coordinator; Marisol Cancel, RN, Critical Care Coordinator; and Margaret Pereira, HN, ICU.
The Primary Stroke Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln underwent a rigorous onsite review by The Joint Commission in late 2017. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
“Strokes disproportionately devastate our communities and we know from experience that immediate and appropriate care can reduce or eliminate the disabilities often associated with stroke,” says Riyad Basir, MD, director of the Primary Stroke Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. “Our hospital provides comprehensive, high quality and culturally sensitive care to our stroke patients and our community. Educating the community about early recognition of stroke symptoms and early warning signs of stroke is critical to our success.”
Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. About 350 acute stroke patients are admitted at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln annually. The stroke mortality rate is less than 10% at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, while the national mortality rate is 17%.
The Primary Stroke Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln was established in 2005 by the New York State Department of Health, which certifies the center annually. This is the first year The Joint Commission has bestowed its certification, which is awarded on a two-year basis.
“NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission.
“We commend NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, Lincoln has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.
About NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi is a 457-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The facility holds numerous center of excellence designations for its renowned trauma center, burn center, regional stroke center, regional perinatal center, breast health center and bariatric surgery service. The facility also has a multi-person hyperbaric unit and a surgical intensive care unit. NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi’s Ambulatory Care Pavilion is a stunning complement to its recently constructed inpatient facility and allows staff to provide patients with high-quality care in a modern, state-of-the-art environment.For more information visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org/lincoln.
About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
About the American Heart/American Stroke Association
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke- America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke. The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.