Newswise — Mount Sinai Beth Israel is the proud recipient of the 2014 American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award. It is one of only three hospitals in New York City to have earned the prestigious designation.

The Gold level award recognizes Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s achievement of at least two years of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® program quality indicators to improve quality of heart failure patient care and outcomes.

“The Heart Failure Program at Beth Israel offers each of our heart failure patients the very best, personalized treatment plan to manage their condition every step of the way,” says Meir Shinnar, MD, Director of the Heart Failure Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. “This Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award highlights our continued dedication to providing excellence and high-quality care each and every day.”

Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams like Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s maintain the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

“I am very proud of the performance and excellence of the Heart Failure Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel,” says Blase Carabello, MD, Chair of Cardiology for Mount Sinai Beth Israel. “The hard work and teamwork of the Heart Failure Program at Beth Israel is evident in this new Gold level award showing just how well Mount Sinai Beth Israel excels at putting our heart failure patients safety, care, and outcomes first with results that deserve nothing but gold.”

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

About the Mount Sinai Health SystemThe Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community‐based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12‐minority‐owned free‐standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

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