NYC Health + Hospitals Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Cardiovascular Treatment
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
Aug 31, 2021
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. “Get with the Guidelines” programs have touched the lives of millions of patients since 2001 by speeding recovery and helping save lives.
“Congratulations to all of the care teams in each of our 11 hospitals that have helped us reach these incredible recognitions by such a prestigious organization,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Chief Medical Officer Machelle Allen, MD. “The diversity in awards by the American Heart Association shows the comprehensive care capabilities our public health system possesses, and how we’re prepared to take care of all New Yorkers, regardless of their cardiac needs. From prevention, to diagnosis, and treatment, there is peace of mind you’re receiving high-quality care at our hospitals.”
Facilities and their “Get with the Guidelines” recognitions are:
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue: Coronary Artery Disease Gold STEMI Receiving/Gold NSTEMI; Stroke Gold Plus Target: Stroke Elite and Target: Diabetes; Heart Failure Gold Plus Target: Heart Failure and Target: Diabetes; Resuscitation Gold (Adult)
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island: Heart Failure: Silver; Stroke: Gold plus Target: Stroke and Target: Diabetes
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst: Stroke: Gold Plus Target: Stroke Elite Plus and Target: Diabetes; Heart Failure: Gold; Resuscitation: Gold (Adult)
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem: Heart Failure: Bronze, Silver Target: Diabetes; Stroke: Silver Plus
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi: Heart Failure: Gold Plus Target: Heart Failure and Target: Diabetes; Stroke: Gold Plus Target: Stroke Elite and Target: Diabetes; Resuscitation: Gold (Adult)
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County: Heart Failure: Gold Plus; Stroke: Gold Plus Target: Stroke Elite and Target: Diabetes; Resuscitation: Gold (Adult)
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln: Heart Failure: Gold Target: Diabetes; Stroke: Gold Plus Target: Stroke Elite and Target: Diabetes
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan: Stroke: Gold Plus; Heart Failure: Bronx, Silver Plus
- NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx: Heart Failure: Gold Target: Diabetes
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens: Heart Failure: Gold Plus
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull: Heart Failure: Gold Target: Diabetes; Stroke: Gold Plus
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.
“The recognition received from the American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines awards speaks to the mission of NYC Health + Hospital/Bellevue and our health system to provide the highest level of cardiovascular care to our patients. It is an even more remarkable achievement given the stresses of delivering this care during the pandemic with its unprecedented challenges. Despite extreme circumstances, we maintained the highest standards in order to ensure the best outcomes for our patients,” said Chief of Cardiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Norma Keller, MD, FACC.
“Coney Island hospital is honored to receive this important recognition from the American Heart Association, as we continue striving to provide exceptional care to our patients, and the residents of South Brooklyn experiencing heart failure or stroke,” said CEO at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island Svetlana Lipyanskaya. “With the advent of the percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) program and certification as an advanced primary stroke center, our clinicians are committed to improving and maintaining optimal health of all who come through our doors.”
“We are enormously proud that Elmhurst’s healthcare team has received this prestigious recognition from the American Heart Association,” said CEO at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst Helen Arteaga Landaverde, MPH. “We are thrilled that our successes in treating conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes and heart failure are once again being nationally recognized. We will continue to advocate for our patients and empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices that can help prevent chronic disease.”
“We achieve amazing clinical outcomes for patients dealing with chronic heart failure and stroke,” said CEO at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem Eboné M. Carrington, MPA. “NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem uses evidenced-based strategies and guidelines to rapidly respond to stroke patients and to reduce readmissions for our CHF patients within thirty days. We are proud that the American Heart Association has acknowledged the great strides that we have made for our patients.”
“These awards are a welcome recognition of Jacobi and North Central Bronx’s highly skilled and committed interdisciplinary care teams” said CEO at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi and /North Central Bronx Christopher Mastromano. “It’s a tremendous challenge for any hospital to meet these high standards, and it’s even more remarkable to sustain these very high levels of care for multiple years. We are proud to be part of a health system that is working every day to improve care and outcomes for the patients we serve.”
“I am extremely proud of our cardiovascular team of dedicated and hardworking physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionist and pharmacists at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County for achieving this recognition,” said Chief of Cardiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County Inna Bukharovich, MD, FACC, FASNC. “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.”
“Our Neurology and Cardiology teams remain fully committed to providing the best possible evidence-based care for our patients,” said Chief Medical Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan John T. Pellicone, MD. “We take great pride in these Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association, including our sixth consecutive recognition for stroke care. They reflect our staff’s dedication to improving every patient’s chances of survival and recovery.”
“Management of heart failure patients can be challenging,” said Chief of Cardiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens Farshid Radparvar, MD. “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.”
“Addressing the diseases of poverty and prosperity to eliminate disparities in health and health outcomes are laser focused goals of Woodhull’s dedicated health care team,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull Chief Medical Officer Edward Fishkin, MD. “To be recognized by the American Heart Association for our work in heart failure and stroke is a great honor and reaffirms our commitment to our patients and our mission.”
“We are pleased to recognize NYC Health + Hospitals for their commitment to cardiovascular care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the American Heart Association’s Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the American Heart Association’s quality improvement programs often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease – including heart attack, stroke and heart failure. For patients with conditions that are severe enough to be transported or admitted to a hospital, time is critical.