Dr. Matthew Langston, Marguerite Tirelli RN, Salwa Paige RN, Richardeana Theodore RN, Erwin Ceniza RN, Geda Peters-Joseph RN, Maureen McGee RN, Geretha Diamond RN, Dr. Joshua Moskowitz, holding the “Get With The Guidelines” Award from the American Heart Association.


(Bronx, NY – July 22nd, 2022) – NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi and North Central Bronx CEO Christopher Mastromano today announced that both hospitals have received gold awards from the American Heart Association (AHA) for their treatment of heart failure. Additionally, Jacobi received an award for its treatment of stroke conditions.

The Heart Failure Quality Achievement Award honors healthcare facilities for their commitment to improving outcomes for patients with heart failure, which means reduced readmissions and more healthy days at home. Additionally, the Stroke Quality Achievement Award recognizes noteworthy patient care institutions for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. Such stroke care ultimately leads to more lives saved and reduced disability. Both awards are quality achievement honors that are earned by hospitals demonstrating a commitment to treating patients according to the most up-to-date guidelines as outlined by the AHA and by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care.

“Heart Failure is a serious long-term condition that requires extensive follow-up and coordination of care between patients and their providers,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi’s Director of Cardiology Seth Sokol, MD. “Thanks to advances in medical care, long term patient outcomes have improved. This AHA designation shows that we at Jacobi are providing the highest level of quality care available in treating heart failure and helping our patients live their healthiest lives.”

“For many years, our multidisciplinary teams have operated a state-of-the-art stroke center at Jacobi,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi’s Stroke Center Director, Lenore Ocava,. “Patients can expect not only optimal care but that their doctors and nurses have excelled at the rigorous guidelines set forth by the AHA.”

“I commend both our Cardiac and Stroke teams on achieving and maintaining these important distinctions,” said Mr. Mastromano. “When patients enter our doors, they deserve to know they are receiving first-rate care. These independent designations demonstrate we are providing the care our patients need.”

Patients in need of cardiovascular or stroke care may call (718)-918-5000 to make an appointment.”



About NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi


NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi is a 457-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The facility has earned numerous Center of Excellence designations, accreditation, and recognition for its renowned Level 1 Trauma Center, Burn Center, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, regional Stroke Center, Snakebite Treatment Center, Breast Health Center, Bariatric Surgery Center, and Cancer Service. The facility also offers the region’s only multi-person hyperbaric chamber, allowing up to nine patients to dive together at one time. Jacobi’s Ambulatory Care Pavilion is a stunning complement to its inpatient acute care, allowing staff to provide patients with high-quality service in a modern, state-of-the-art environment. For more information visit



About NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx


NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx (NCB) is a member facility of the New York City Health + Hospitals system, one of eleven acute care facilities within the City of New York. A 215-bed community hospital, NCBH specializes in women’s and children’s services. It also provides Behavioral Health acute and ambulatory care. Its busy outpatient department has led the way in community-based care delivered in a compassionate and culturally-appropriate manner. It’s Labor and Delivery service safely brings more than 1,000 babies into the world each year. NCBH is committed to providing safe, high-quality medical care for any and all in need. For more information visit


About NYC Health + Hospitals


NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation. We are a network of 11 hospitals, trauma centers, neighborhood health centers, nursing homes, and post-acute care centers. We are a home care agency and a health plan, MetroPlus. Our health system provides essential services to 1.4 million New Yorkers every year in more than 70 locations across the city’s five boroughs. Our diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees are uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. Visit us at and stay connected on or Twitter @NYCHealthSystem.

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