Newark Beth Israel Cardiology Program Named Among Nation’s Best

NEWARK — Newark Beth Israel Medical Center was recently named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list of “70 Hospitals with Great Cardiology Programs.” Newark Beth is one of only two hospitals in the State of New Jersey to be named to the list that includes some of the nation’s most respected heart centers.

According to the Becker’s Hospital Review, hospitals were selected by the editorial team based on clinical accolades, quality care and contributions to the field of cardiology. These hospitals have been recognized for excellence in this specialty by reputable healthcare rating resources, including U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, Thomson Reuters, the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The Barnabas Health Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel received a variety of awards and accreditations this year and continues its long tradition of performing cardiac firsts in the region.

“The Becker’s designation further confirms our role as a leader in cardiovascular care,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, Executive Director of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBI) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “The cardiac program at NBI, part of Barnabas Health Heart Centers, continues to bring innovative, pioneering clinical excellence to patients in this region, by a stellar team of cardiac surgeons.”

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center was named one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals for specialty care in Cardiology and Heart Surgery for the third consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report.

Newark Beth Israel and all the Barnabas Heart Centers achieved Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification for Acute Coronary Syndrome. This Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval recognizes the hospitals’ expertise in caring for patients, before, during and after a cardiac event from coordinating pre-hospital care with EMS through cardiac rehabilitation.

The Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program is ranked as the fifth most active in the nation, with long-term survival rates that exceed national benchmarks.

Newark Beth Israel received the AHA’s Get with the Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award for Heart Failure 2009, 2010 and the Silver Performance Achievement Award for Coronary Artery Disease 2010.

Newark Beth Israel also received the Acute Myocardial Infarction Action Registry-Get With The Guidelines Silver Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) for its comprehensive data collection for the National Cardiovascular Data Registry that empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines.

The Catheterization Lab received AHA’s Bronze Mission: Lifeline Award for implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival of patients with a certain kind of heart attack known as ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).

Adult and pediatric cardiologists collaborated in August 2011 to perform New Jersey’s first transcatheter pulmonary valve implant that prevents the need for open heart surgery in patients who may have had many heart surgeries in their lifetime.

Published by ASC Communications, Becker’s Hospital Review features up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders, and provides hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for industry decision-makers.

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