Newswise – The American College of Cardiology (ACC) recognized Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center for its proven commitment to a comprehensive, high-quality culture for cardiovascular care by awarding the hospital the HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence. The award is based on meeting the accreditation criteria and on the ongoing reporting of the Medical Center’s performance register.
Hospitals and health systems that have earned an ACC HeartCARE Center designation meet a range of criteria, including participation in at least two ACC Accreditation Services programs, NCDR registrations, and targeted quality improvement campaigns such as Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI (Heart Attack) , which are designed to help hospitals and institutions close gaps in guidelines-based care. With this new designation, hospitals and health systems can now demonstrate their elite status and publicly emphasize their outstanding commitment to quality for their patients, healthcare providers and other stakeholders.
“Hackensack Meridian” Health has demonstrated its commitment to providing New Jersey with excellent cardiac care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chairman of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award these medical centers the title of HeartCARE Center.”
Hospitals that receive the HeartCARE Center designation from the ACC have demonstrated a commitment to consistent, high-quality cardiovascular care through comprehensive process improvement, disease- and procedure-specific accreditation, professional excellence, and community involvement. Hackensack Meridian has proven to be a forward-thinking network with goals to advance the cause of sustainable quality improvement.
“Five of our medical centers are recognized by the ACC, the latest being Hackensack University Medical Center, for providing quality cardiovascular care in a variety of areas such as heart attacks, heart failure, chest pain and more,” Elizabeth A. Maiorana, MBA, MSN, RN, CCCC, Vice President, Cardiovascular Care Transformation Services, Hackensack Meridian Health. “The HeartCARE Center National Distinctions of Excellence indicates that our network is fulfilling its mission to transform healthcare for all of New Jersey. No other healthcare network in the state can boast of having five HeartCARE centers.”
For information about Hackensack Meridian health cardiovascular services, visit https://www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/services/cardiovascular/. For a free physician referral, call 844-HMH-WELL.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY
The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As a professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The ACC grants credentials to cardiovascular professionals who meet rigorous qualifications and lead in the formation of health policies, standards, and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC magazines, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and provides cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more information, visit acc.org.
ABOUT HACKENSACK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
Hackensack University Medical Center, a 771-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in New Jersey. Founded in 1888 as the first hospital in Bergen County, it was the first hospital in New Jersey and the second in the nation to become a Magnet®-accredited hospital for nursing excellence. Hackensack Meridian’s academic flagship HealthHackensack University Medical Center ranked #1 in New Jersey and #7 in the New York metro area by US News & World Reports 2021-2022 “Best Hospitals” Honor Roll, making it the only hospital in New Jersey with the No. 1 ranking of adult and pediatric hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center is also rated High Performing in 14 special procedures and conditions, setting the standard for all New Jersey hospitals across a variety of specialties. The campus is home to facilities such as the John Theurer Cancer Center, the No. 1 cancer care hospital in New Jersey in US News & World Reports 2021-2022 “Best Hospitals” Honor Roll; the Heart & Vascular Hospital, and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, recognized as being among the top 1% of children’s hospitals in the nation and #1 children’s hospital in New Jersey by US News & World Reports 2021-22 Roll of Honor “Best Hospitals”. Hackensack University Medical Center’s comprehensive clinical research portfolio includes studies focused on precision medicine, translational medicine, immunotherapy, cell therapy and vaccine development.
ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading nonprofit healthcare organization that is the largest, most comprehensive, and truly integrated healthcare network in New Jersey, providing a complete offering of medical services, innovative research, and life-enhancing care.
Hackensack Meridian Health includes 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, including three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, and JFK University Medical Center in Edison; a university teaching hospital – Ocean University Medical Center in Brick; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; eight community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Old Bridge Medical Center in Old Bridge, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank and the Southern Ocean Medical Center at Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.
In addition, the network has more than 500 patient care locations across the state, including ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, life-saving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness center, rehabilitation centers, emergency care centers, and primary care physicians’ offices. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 36,000 team members and 7,000 physicians and is a leading healthcare philanthropy leader committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.
The network’s notable differences include having more top hospitals than anyone else in New Jersey, as recognized by US news and world report, 2021-22. Hackensack University Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey with the No. 1 ranking of adult and pediatric hospitals.
John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is New Jersey’s top cancer center, as recognized by US news and world report, 2021-22. This premier cancer center is also the largest and most comprehensive center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screening and preventive care, as well as the survival of patients with all types of cancer. John Theurer Cancer Center is part of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.
In addition, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to ensure patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.
The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, New Jersey’s first private medical school in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class students to its campus in Nutley and Clifton in 2018. Housed in a completely renovated, state-of-the-art facility, the Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) aims to translate current innovations in science to improve clinical outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases and other life-threatening and debilitating conditions.
Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on sharing best practice in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. For more information, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.