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Stony Brook University Hospital earns national recognition for efforts to improve management of heart failure

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The American Heart Association presents Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus award for commitment to prioritizing quality care for heart failure patients

Stony Brook, NY, November 16, 2021Stony Brook University Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines®– Heart Failure Quality Achievement Award. The Gold Plus award, which Stony Brook has received for the third consecutive year, recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines grounded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. 

“The award is a reflection of Stony Brook University Hospital’s commitment to excellence in heart failure care,” said Marc Goldschmidt, MD, Director, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Center and Medical Director, Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program at the Stony Brook University Heart Institute. 

“Research has shown that by adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative, we can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates,” added Edlira Tam, DO, Associate Director of the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program at the Stony Brook University Heart Institute.

More than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

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Front Row: Hal Skopicki, MD, PhD; Anne Marie Berggren, RDN, MS, CDN, CNSC; Lauren Weiss, RN; Monica Fox, RN; Lauren Pilato, NP; Ann Marie, Schneider, Social Services; Edlira Tam, DO, Associate Medical Director, VAD Program; Michelle Weisfelner Bloom, MD, Director, Outpatient Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Center; Marc Goldschmidt, MD, Director, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Center and Medical Director, VAD Program; Allison J. McLarty, MD, Surgical Director, VAD Program; Terri Springer, NP. Back Row: Philip Travaglia, RN, Clinical Documentation Specialist; Caitlin Borriello, NP; Jillian Fitzgerald, RN, VAD Coordinator; Nancy Utano, RN; Omar Blagrove, VAD Program Administrator; Peter Reilly, NP, VAD Coordinator; Stephen Handzel, RN, MS, Assistant Director, Nursing, Noninvasive Cardiology; Melissa Goldstein, RN

“Being part of this initiative means that we continuously track our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines — all with the ultimate goal of delivering optimal outcomes for our patients,” said Hal Skopicki, MD, PhD, Co-Director, Stony Brook University Heart Institute and the Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Chief of Cardiology. 

Michelle Bloom, MD, Director, Cardio-Oncology Program and Director, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Center at the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, added “Comprehensive care of our heart failure patients requires an entire team including specialized nurses, nurse practitioners, coordinators, physicians and researchers who can not only diagnose advanced cardiology disease but are experts at determining its cause and providing cutting edge care.”

Stony Brook University Hospital’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines®– Heart Failure Quality Achievement Award is significant as it is the highest of six levels of achievement – Gold Plus, Gold, Silver Plus, Silver, Bronze and Participating. “We are pleased to recognize Stony Brook University Hospital for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Clyde W. Yancy, M.D., MSc, MACC, FAHA, MACP, FHFSA, national chairperson of the American Heart Association Heart Failure systems of care advisory group and chief, division of cardiology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. 

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About Stony Brook University Hospital:

Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is Long Island’s premier academic medical center. With 624 beds, SBUH serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and Regional Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, Stony Brook University Cancer Center, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute. SBUH also encompasses Suffolk County’s only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, state-designated Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookmedicine.edu/sbuh.

About Get With The Guidelines:

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

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