• Press Release

Mount Sinai Heart Awarded Prestigious Certification by The Joint Commission

First program on East Coast to receive highest level of recognition

  • New York, NY
  • (January 03, 2019)

Mount Sinai Heart at The Mount Sinai Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Comprehensive Cardiac Center (CCC) Certification, becoming one of only four cardiac organizations in the United States—and the only one in New York State and the entire East Coast—to hold the prestigious honor. The award is a symbol of world-class, consistent patient care and comprehensive excellence, and recognizes compliance with The Joint Commission’s strict national standards.  

“Mount Sinai Heart is honored to receive this prestigious award from The Joint Commission that recognizes our outstanding center and quality of care,” said Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital. “We are proud of our exceptional cardiology and cardiovascular services and will continue to offer superior treatment to patients across the world.”

Mount Sinai Heart underwent a rigorous two-day onsite survey in November 2018, in which reviewers from The Joint Commission conducted an exhaustive analysis of  key indicators of compliance including:

  • Management of ischemic heart disease, acute myocardial infarction, percutaneous coronary interventions, coronary bypass graft surgery, cardiac valve disease, dysrhythmias, heart failure, and cardiac arrest
  • Delivery of integrated, coordinated, and patient-centered cardiac care
  • Transition of care from the Emergency Department to diagnosis, treatment, and outpatient follow-up
  • Collaboration among different specialties and disciplines within the organization
  • Cardiac rehabilitation of patients, either onsite or by referral
  • Proper training of staff to treat and care for patients with cardiac disease
  • Cardiovascular risk factor identification and cardiac disease prevention
  • Use of data collection to monitor and measure outcomes for specific conditions and procedures

“This achievement reflects the hard work and expertise of our staff at Mount Sinai Heart, and I congratulate them on this top honor,” said David L. Reich, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens. “This accomplishment emphasizes and validates our commitment to providing exceptional care to our patients.”

The Joint Commission certification follows another top honor for Mount Sinai cardiac care. The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at The Mount Sinai Hospital has received the gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. This award honors units that distinguish themselves by excelling in every facet of patient care to optimize outcomes. Mount Sinai’s is the only cardiac intensive care unit in New York State to have this recognition. 

About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics in the 2019-2020 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 12th nationally for Ophthalmology, Mount Sinai St. Lukes and Mount Sinai West are ranked 23rd nationally for Nephrology and 25th for Diabetes/Endocrinology, and Mount Sinai South Nassau is ranked 35th nationally for Urology. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and Mount Sinai South Nassau are ranked regionally.

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