New York: NYC Health + Hospitals has 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.”
NYC Health + Hospitals’s facilities to be specifically recognized are: Bellevue, Coney Island, Elmhurst, Harlem, Jacobi, Kings County, Lincoln, Metropolitan, North Central Bronx, Queens, and Woodhull.
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.
Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease – including heart attack, stroke and heart failure.
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.