Patient Care

Strong Memorial Gets American Heart Association ‘Gold Rating’ for Care

Nov. 12, 2010
Medical Center Lauded with Highest Honor for Long Record of Excellence
Kathleen Lentine, R.N., B.S.N., cares for 90-year-old Alwin Henry on the 7-3600 Cardiac Unit.

The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (AHA) have recognized Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center for providing the highest quality cardiac care.

Strong Memorial is the only hospital in the region to receive the 2010 ACTION Registry – Get with the Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award, and is one of only 136 hospitals in the nation to receive this top honor. The award recognizes those hospitals that consistently treat patients with heart attacks according to guidelines established by the American College of Cardiology and the AHA. This includes aggressively using medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin and anticoagulants. To qualify for the Gold Performance Award, hospitals must comply with the guidelines at least 85 percent of the time for at least two years.

This prestigious award recognizes the hard work of the URMC cardiac care team and continued efforts to provide the state-of-the-art cardiac care to patients, said Charles Lowenstein, M.D., chief of Cardiology and director of the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute.

“This award demonstrates our commitment to providing the best care to our patients,” Lowenstein said.

Get with the Guidelines is the AHA hospital-based quality improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.

Strong Memorial Hospital has a long history of excellence and recognition from the AHA for meeting its high standards for coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke.