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St. Francis Hospital Receives Highest Award for Heart Failure Again from the AHA

18 June, 2019

Roslyn, NY, June 14, 2019 – For a third time, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center® has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award.  The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is to speed up recovery times and reduce readmissions for heart failure patients.

St. Francis earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before being discharged patients also receive educational materials on managing heart failure, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition evaluations.


“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart failure by implementing these guidelines,” said Charles L. Lucore, M.D., MBA, President of St. Francis Hospital. “The tools and resources that are provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based guidelines to improve patient outcomes."

St. Francis is also recognized on the association’s Target: Heart FailureSM Honor Roll. Hospitals are required to meet specific criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

According to the American Heart Association, 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 with lifestyles changes.

Contact: Rosemary Gomez, 516-563-7965,