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NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania Recognized for Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champion

This is a significant recognition, as Morrisania was the only clinic in New York State to receive this prestigious award in 2023

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading contributor to heart disease and stroke, affecting millions of adults across the United States

Jan 02, 2024

Gotham Health, Morrisania Medicine Department Staff

New York, NY — NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health today announced that Gotham Health, Morrisania was recognized by Million Hearts as 2023 Hypertension Control Champions. The site was able to achieve blood pressure control for at least 80% of their adult patients with hypertension. Gotham Health, Morrisania was the only clinic in New York State to receive this prestigious award in 2023.

The Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champions are clinicians, practices, and/or health systems that have achieved exemplar rate of hypertension control. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading contributor to heart disease and stroke, affecting millions of adults across the United States. Despite its prevalence, achieving effective control of hypertension remains a challenge for many. NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania has made blood pressure control a priority for its patients and was able to achieve blood pressure control for at least 80% of its adult patients with hypertension.

This award reflects not just the excellence of our clinical practices, but also our dedication to the broader goal of Million Hearts®: to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes. The CDC’s recognition of our efforts is both an honor and a responsibility to continue leading the way in cardiovascular health.

“Congratulations to the Gotham Health, Morrisania team for their dedication to making high-quality primary care more accessible for our patients in the community,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Gotham Health CEO Michelle Lewis. “Receiving this recognition is a testament to the consistent high-quality care delivered by our clinical and non-clinical staff.”

“NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania is extremely proud to be selected for this prestigious award. This achievement is a direct reflection of our interdisciplinary care teams, who are tirelessly working each day to enhance care and outcomes for the patients under our services,”said NYC Health + Hospitals Gotham Health, Regional Medical Director, Bronx, Jeremy O’Connor, MD.

To be recognized as 2023 Hypertension Control Champions, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania has implemented the following strategies to earn the 2023 Hypertension Control Champions:

  • Implemented an Integrated Care Team Model: Comprising patients, providers, accountable care manager, patient care associates, nutritionist and clinical pharmacists, the Integrated Care Team aims to establish patient blood pressure control goals, identify risk factors, and address barriers.
  • Engaged Patients in Collaboration: Working collaboratively with patients to regulate their blood pressure in a variety of ways.
  • Emphasized Care Plan Development with Patients: Thechronic disease team focuses on creating care plans with the patients, emphasizing outreach, engagement, and patient education tactics such as teach-back and visual management. These components form the core of their strategy for managing high blood pressure.
  • Ensured Universal Access to Blood Pressure Monitoring: Facilitated access to blood pressure monitors for all patients, providing instruction on the accurate measurement and monitoring of blood pressure at home.
  • Enhanced Medication Affordability and Adherence Support: Implemented 90-day refills for patient medications to reduce the cost and promote adherence.

MEDIA CONTACT: 212-238-7766; Nash.Dunlap@nychhc.org



About NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health is a Federally Qualified Healthcare Provider formed in 2012 to enable individuals and families to address their health care needs in their own neighborhoods. Serving more than 100,000 New Yorkers annually in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens, Gotham Health consists of 38 healthcare sites in all five boroughs of New York City.  Gotham Health provides easy-to-access, high-quality, affordable health care services with a focus on primary care. It is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and building healthy communities, with a focus upon providing patients and families convenient access to high-quality preventive care, such as annual check-ups and immunizations. Health care teams are trained to help patients manage ongoing conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

About NYC Health + Hospitals
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 43,000 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 FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.