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First center in New England to receive prestigious designation

Hartford, CTThe Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Comprehensive Cardiac Center (CCC) Certification, becoming the first cardiac program in New England and one of only 16 nationally to be awarded this prestigious designation.

Offered in collaboration with the American Heart Association, achieving Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification is the premier cardiovascular certification awarded to hospitals that demonstrate high-quality care using evidence-based, guidelines-driven treatment and foster collaboration throughout the system of care.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Joint Commission for the exceptional care our heart and vascular team provides to our patients each and every day,” said Hartford Hospital President Bimal Patel.  “This designation is truly a testament to the amazing skill, dedication and collaboration of our entire cardiac team and their commitment to high quality care.”

In order to earn CCC certification, Hartford Hospital had to demonstrate excellence in treating every type of heart issue at any point in the disease process – from prevention through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The program was required to exceed quality measurements in the following areas:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Heart failure
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
  • Valve replacement
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention
  • ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)
  • Arrhythmia management
  • Acute myocardial infarction

“This designation by the Joint Commission truly demonstrates the expertise and collaboration of our entire heart and vascular team and their commitment to excellence at every touch point in the continuum of care,” said Sabet Hashim, MD, FACS, Co-Physician in Chief, Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute.

Hartford Hospital underwent a rigorous two-day onsite survey in August of 2021.

“I’d like to congratulate the entire team for earning this prestigious designation.  Through their skill, hard work and unwavering commitment to providing the highest quality of care to our patients, the Hartford HealthCare Heart Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital has become one of the top cardiac centers in the nation,” said Wheatley Wentzell, Senior Vice President of Operations, Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute.




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