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NYC Health + Hospitals Announces All 11 Hospitals Again Recognized by the American Heart Association for Quality Care

The awards recognize hospitals around the nation for science-based practices in heart failure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and resuscitation

Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease – including heart attack, stroke and heart failure

Jul 12, 2023

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced all 11 of its hospitals were again recognized by the American Heart Association for their commitment to quality care in heart failure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and resuscitation. Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart attack, and heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines. The American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline awards recognize hospitals nationwide that adhere to science-based practices and provide the highest quality care. 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.

“NYC Health + Hospitals is proud to once again receive recognition from the American Heart Association for providing high quality care for heart attack and stroke,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Machelle Allen, MD. “As a hospital system which is devoted to those in our community who are more often marginalized by society, for all 11 of our acute care hospitals to be recognized by the AHA speaks to our commitment to excellence, all day, every day for everyone.”

“We are pleased to recognize NYC Health + Hospitals for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said John Warner, MD, FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and CEO of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

The hospitals won the following awards from the American Heart Association this year:


NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi

NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln

NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx


NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County

NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health

NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull


NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan


NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst

NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens

“NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our consistent adherence to improving patient outcomes using evidence-based guidelines for cardiovascular and stroke care. We are especially proud to be cited for our resuscitation work with both adult and pediatric patients,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Chief Medical Officer Nate Link, MD. “The outstanding doctors, nurses, and care teams at Bellevue provide time-sensitive clinical interventions that save lives. These acknowledgments highlight the exceptional work of our dedicated clinicians and our quality management team. Patients at Bellevue can be assured that they are receiving the highest level of care in our Coronary Care Unit, our Comprehensive Stroke Center, our Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, and throughout the hospital.”

“I am extremely proud that The American Heart Association has recognized NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst for our commitment to providing outstanding care in the categories of heart failure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and resuscitation,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst CEO Helen Arteaga-Landaverde, Ph.D.  “Our achievement of Gold and Gold Plus Awards in these categories is a testament to all the great work our providers do to help patients in underserved communities recover from chronic disease conditions. We look forward to continuing to empower our patients to make healthy lifestyles choices that will lead to better outcomes.”

“Our patients in the Bronx know NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi and North Central Bronx as their medical home for state-of-the-art care,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi and North Central Bronx CEO Christopher Mastromano. “These designations are further evidence of the world-class care we provide. I commend our medical providers and staff, particularly those in the Cardiac and Stroke Departments.”

“I am immensely grateful for our exceptional team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, whose dedication and expertise have contributed to our remarkable achievements,”said NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County CEO Sheldon McLeod. “The notable awards we have received, including Gold Plus in Heart Failure, Stroke, and Resuscitation, demonstrate our unwavering commitment to exceptional care and upholding our ICARE values. These accolades are a testament to our team’s continuous efforts in enhancing patient care and delivering high-quality, person-centered healthcare to our community.”

“We are proud to achieve this award in Target Stroke Elite,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County Director of Vascular Neurology, Susan Law, DO, MPH. “It is a testament to our dedication to the people we serve. Not only do we provide treatment in a quick and efficient manner, but we do it safely.”

“NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan is proud to be nationally recognized by the American Heart Association for our commitment to providing high-quality cardiovascular and stroke care,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan CEO Cristina Contreras. “These awards validate our hospital’s success in ensuring that our patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. This recognition would not be possible without the dedication of our highly skilled and committed interdisciplinary care teams who are committed to following up-to-date research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, and better outcomes for the patients we serve.”

“NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health is proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association for providing excellent patient care in stroke and resuscitation” said NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health CEO Svetlana Lipyanskaya. “Our neurology, cardiology, and emergency department teams work closely to ensure the best patient outcomes – where every minute counts in saving a life.”

“The Get with the Guidelines Stroke and Heart failure Gold Plus with Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll certificates that we received from American Heart Association embody our team’s commitment to provide excellent care to our patients suffering from heart failure and stroke including those with diabetes,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull Chair of Medicine Dr. Jonna Mercado. “It serves as a motivation to continue to strive for excellence to render the best possible care our patients deserve.”

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.  

About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 12 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

About NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest municipal 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 FacebookTwitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.