June 30, 2017 / Brooklyn news / Health, Mind & Body

City hospitals win the gold

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NYC Health + Hospitals has received national recognition awards for 10 of its hospitals across the five boroughs for implementing specific quality improvement measures related to the treatment of patients suffering from heart failure, cardiac arrest, and stroke. The awards from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association recognize the consistent application of best-practice, research-based standards of care, which reduce recovery time, disability, and mortality rates for stroke patients, and reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

Eight hospitals received the highest award for excellence in stroke care, and six received high honors for excellence in heart failure care; three received awards for excelling in both. Two hospitals improved their performance from silver status last year to gold status this year, and seven hospitals earned new recognitions this year.

The following Brooklyn hospitals were recognized by the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association:

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island: Stroke Gold Plus Award.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County: Heart Failure Silver Award, Stroke Gold Plus & Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll Award.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull: Heart Failure Gold Plus & Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll Award.

“Across NYC Health + Hospitals, staff continue to push the mark each year to meet the guidelines set by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association,” said Dr. Machelle Allen, chief medical officer of NYC Health + Hospitals. “Our patients should be reassured to know that, when they come to NYC Health + Hospitals, the care they will receive is nationally recognized for its high quality.”

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030. Statistics show that each year about 870,000 new cases are diagnosed and about 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within five years. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

The awards recognize success in meeting or exceeding standards established by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association through their “Get with the Guidelines” program. To earn recognition in stroke care, the standards include aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners, and cholesterol-reducing drugs; preventive action for deep vein thrombosis; and smoking cessation counseling. To earn the award for excellence in heat failure care, standards include the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies; provision of educational materials to patients on managing heart failure and overall health; and scheduling of follow-up visits. To earn recognition for resuscitation, the standards include adopting protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation, and post-resuscitation care.

Most of the awards received by NYC Health + Hospitals also featured add-on “Elite” and/or “Plus” recognition, noting that additional rigorous criteria had also been met — criteria such as, for stroke, “time to intravenous thrombolytic therapy: 60 minutes.”

Nine of the city’s public health system’s hospitals are designated Stroke Centers by the New York State Department of Health. Trained in stroke diagnosis and treatment, dedicated stroke teams are committed to providing patients with rapid diagnosis and effective treatment. To receive more information or get connected to care, please visit to find a public hospital in your community.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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