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Milton Nunez, executive director of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Lincoln Medical Center, announced that HHC Lincoln has received from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association the “Get With the Guidelines, Stroke Gold Plus Award” and the “Get With the Guidelines, Target: Stroke Honor Roll–Elite Plus Quality Achievement Award” for the successful implementation of higher standards of stroke care, aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“When a patient comes through our doors in a critical situation, they trust us to provide the right care, at the right time,” said Nunez. “As a New York state designated stroke center, Lincoln Medical Center continues to achieve a high level of quality performance, implementing life-prolonging treatments and ensuring that the care we provide to stroke patients is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines.”

HHC Lincoln earned the “Stroke Gold Plus Award” for achieving 85 percent or higher compliance for two consecutive years with all seven of the association’s stroke achievement measures, including aggressive guidelines for the use of certain medications, and encouraging patients to enroll in smoking cessation and other secondary stroke-prevention programs to improve patient outcomes.

To achieve the “Target: Stroke Honor Roll–Elite Plus Award,” hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the blood- clot-busting medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, the medication tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

“Our receipt of this important Gold Plus status and our inclusion in the Honor Roll–Elite Plus is a testament to the great care provided at Lincoln Medical Center,” said Anita Soni, M.D., chief medical officer. “I am proud of our world-class medical team, who work tirelessly to ensure that stroke patients receive the most appropriate and evidenced-based treatment. The patients in our community deserve the absolute best in health care and we work toward this goal daily.”

“The Gold Plus is a top award given to select hospitals in each state and would not have been possible without the support and hard work from multiple disciplines and departments,” said Riyad Basir, M.D., FCCP, chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care and director of the Stroke Center. “This is one of the finest examples of collaboration amongst interdisciplinary teams. With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to quality and patient-centered care.”


Lincoln Medical Center, located at 234 E. 149th St. in the Bronx, is a 362-bed, acute-care level-one trauma center with the busiest single-site emergency department in the region. Winner of the 2012 American Hospital Association–McKesson Quest for Quality Finalist Award, the hospital emphasizes primary care and specialty medicine and uses the latest advances in medical science. Lincoln Medical Center is a member of the Generations+/Northern Manhattan Health Network, a health care conglomerate that is part of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

The New York City HHC is a $6.7 billion integrated health care delivery system and the largest municipal health care organization in the country. Its own health plan, MetroPlus, is a plan of choice for nearly half a million New Yorkers. HHC serves 1.4 million New York City residents every year, of which more than 475,000 are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health and substance-abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, five skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 70 community-based clinics. HHC Health and Home Care also provides in-home services for New Yorkers. HHC is the recipient of the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission’s John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality. For more information, visit