• 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

Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with more than 43,000 employees working across eight hospitals, over 400 outpatient practices, nearly 300 labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex health care challenges of our time — discovering and applying new scientific learning and knowledge; developing safer, more effective treatments; educating the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by delivering high-quality care to all who need it.

Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture outpatient surgery centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. We are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, receiving high "Honor Roll" status, and are highly ranked: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” ranks Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital among the country’s best in several pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: It is consistently ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and top 20 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding and top 5 in the nation for numerous basic and clinical research areas. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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