Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center Earns HeartCARE Distinction for Commitment to High-Quality Cardiac Program

Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center HeartCARE team stands with the trophy saluting the team for being named HeartCARE Center: National Distinction of Excellence program. (Photo courtesy of Hackensack Meridian Health)


The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has designated Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center as a HeartCARE Center: National Distinction of Excellence program, which recognizes the hospital for its commitment to a comprehensive high-quality cardiac culture. JFK Medical Center is the first and only hospital in New Jersey with this honor.

“We are proud to be the first hospital in New Jersey with this distinguished honor for our top-notch comprehensive cardiology program here at JFK Medical Center,” said Amie Thornton, chief hospital executive, JFK Medical Center.

“Every day, hospitals are demonstrating their commitment to quality cardiovascular care by meeting accreditation criteria and through their ongoing performance measurement in registry reporting,” said Phillip Levy, M.D., MPH, FACC, American College of Cardiology Accreditation Management Board chair. “The ACC’s new HeartCARE Center: National Distinction of Excellence program is designed to shine a light on the elite group of U.S. hospitals that are going above and beyond to ensure each patient that comes through their doors has access to consistent, highest-quality cardiovascular care.”

Hospitals can achieve this designation, which is the highest recognition given to a hospital by the ACC, by meeting a set of criteria that can be realized through participation in ACC’s existing suite of quality improvement programs. Criteria includes participation in specific accreditation programs, NCDR registries and targeted quality improvement campaigns, such as Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI, that are designed to help hospitals and institutions close gaps in guideline-based care.

“At JFK Medical Center, there are more options than ever before for treating cardiovascular illnesses. In fact, with the opening of our renewed Cardiac Catheterization Suite, our team regularly performs some of the most advanced treatments for cardiovascular disease utilizing the latest in imaging technology,” said J.R. Rivera, director, Cardiac Services, JFK Medical Center.

An integrated team applies the latest prevention, diagnosis and treatment advancements while providing the highest quality of care and service possible. The physicians and programs represented at the hospital attract patients from throughout the region.

JFK’s collaborative care model combines all heart and vascular services, ensuring each patient has access to the most state-of-the-art medical and surgical procedures. This team approach ensures that patients are seen by expert specialists who are at the forefront of their fields in research and clinical care. The decision making and treatment planning for each patient is done collaboratively. Every treatment option is explored to find the right care plan for each patient, given his or her specific cardiovascular diagnosis.

The JFK Medical Center Cardiovascular Center prides itself on maintaining strong lines of communication with its patients’ primary care physicians and our community-based specialists. The center collaborates closely with these individuals in formulating expeditious plans for cardiac intervention and in providing thorough follow-up.

The center focuses on ACC quality improvement programs and registries and, with this new designation, now will have a way to publicly highlight its outstanding commitment to quality for their patients, providers and other stakeholders.

To learn more about the HeartCARE Center: National Distinction of Excellence, visit: acc.org/HeartCARECenter.

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit: acc.org.

About Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center:
Serving residents of central New Jersey for more than 50 years, JFK Medical Center offers a complete array of advanced services in its 498-bed facility located in Edison, N.J. With more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, this academic medical center offers a complete spectrum of advanced services including general and specialized surgery, cardiac care, maternity and pediatrics, oncology, imaging, breast center, sleep center, wound care, robotic surgery, emergency medicine, weight loss surgery, radiology, long-term care and assisted living. It is home to the world-renowned Neuroscience Institute that diagnoses and treats brain, spine and nervous system disorders. To learn more, visit JFKMC.org.



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