NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Is Recognized for Excellence in Six Categories of Heart and Stroke Care


NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue announced that it is one of only two hospitals recognized for excellence in six or more categories of heart and stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

This recognition earns NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue a prestigious position on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s Best Hospitals for outstanding care of heart and stroke patients.

The recognition was awarded for implementation of the AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) program, which establish metrics for high standards for care and patient outcomes. The hospital was recognized in six areas:

  • Gold Plus Achievement for GWTG: Heart Failure
  • Honor Roll for Target: Heart Failure™
  • Gold Achievement for GWTG: Resuscitation
  • Gold Plus Achievement for GWTG: Stroke
  • Honor Roll – Elite Plus for Target: Stroke™
  • Silver Receiving Award for Mission: Lifeline® STEMI (short for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a serious type of heart attack)

“We are pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report and the AHA/ASA for providing excellent cardiac and stroke care,” said Dr. Norma Keller, chief of Cardiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. “We are at the forefront of cardiac care, providing a full range of services and employing a true multidisciplinary team approach.

The Cardiology Service and the Stroke Service work closely to ensure a full complement of care for our patients and excellent patient outcomes. We are pleased that the high quality of our work is once again recognized on a national platform, offering reassurance to patients that they should think of us first if ever there’s a need.”

“Congratulations to the Cardiology and Stroke teams, including our doctors, nurses, and quality improvement professionals, for these outstanding achievements in serving our patients,” said William Hicks, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure and Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke are in-hospital programs for improving care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Numerous published studies demonstrate the program’s success in achieving significant improvements in patient outcomes, according to AHA. For example, with heart failure, among the proven results are reductions in 30-day readmissions, a measure now used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in determining reimbursement rates.

About NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
Bellevue is a member of the NYC Health + Hospitals health care system and is America’s oldest hospital, established in 1736. Affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine, Bellevue is a major referral center for highly complex cases. The 844-bed hospital has 6,000 employees including highly skilled, interdisciplinary clinical staff. It sees more than 110,000 emergency room visits and 500,000 outpatient visits annually. Clinical centers of excellence include: Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care; Cardiovascular Services; Designated Regional Perinatal Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU); Comprehensive Children’s Psychiatric Emergency Program; and Cancer Services. For more information, visit

About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit