NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Recognized for Excellence with American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center Accreditation

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital provides exceptional care to patients with heart attack symptoms

May 21, 2021

Bronxville, New York

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital was awarded the Chest Pain Center Accreditation based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

Every year, about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms. They have streamlined their systems, from admission and evaluation to diagnosis and treatment, through appropriate post-discharge care and assistance with patient lifestyle changes.

“This prestigious accreditation is a testament to our commitment to delivering exceptional cardiac care,” said Michael Fosina, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. “Our experienced, compassionate care team is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to patients and to educating them about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack so they seek care quickly and live long healthy lives.”

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked the No. 4 hospital in the nation in cardiology & heart surgery in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings. In recognition of its commitment to rapid cardiac care, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital recently received the Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. The hospital offers one of the few multidisciplinary cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs in southern Westchester County for people recovering from a heart attack, cardiac bypass surgery, angioplasty/stent insertion, heart transplantation, or heart valve repair or replacement.

“NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital’s two cardiac catheterization laboratories combine world-class expertise with the latest technologies and perform about 160 procedures every month, making them among the most experienced catheterization programs in Westchester County,” said Dr. Allan Schwartz, chief of cardiology, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. “Patients have access to Columbia physicians, who provide advanced and exceptional cardiac care,” he added.

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care; developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies for patient care include streamlining processes, implementing guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Established in 1909, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, located in Bronxville, New York, serves residents of Westchester County and the Bronx. It is part of NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare system, which includes ten hospital campuses across the Greater New York area. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in New York by U.S. News and World Report. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital is a 288-bed acute-care facility that provides emergency care to approximately 35,000 individuals and delivers nearly 1,400 babies each year. The hospital features state-of-the-art cardiac services including two cardiac catheterization laboratories, eight operating rooms for a wide range of surgical procedures, and radiation oncology, surgical oncology, and medical oncology all under one roof. Additional support and care is provided to the community through NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester, a multispecialty physician practice with extended hours and offices in convenient locations offering patients seamless access to leading experts from ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and Lawrence Community Health Services, which provides home care, hospice, and bereavement services to adults and children. For more information, visit www.nyp.org/lawrence or call 914-787-1000.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As 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 bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit acc.org.

For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.

Media Contact:

Office of Communications, New York Presbyterian 212-821-0560

Katie Glenn, American College of Cardiology 202-375-6472