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Lenox Hill Hospital Recognized For Implementing Quality Cardiac and Stroke Care

August 8, 2007

Lenox Hill Hospital has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines SM (GWTG) program for its performance achievement in cardiac and stroke patient care.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's GWTG is a quality-improvement program that helps hospitals insure that patients consistently receive cardiac and stroke care in accordance with the most current guidelines and recommendations.

Hospitals are recognized for performance achievement if at least 85 percent of their cardiac or stroke patients (without contraindications) are treated and discharged according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's guidelines and recommendations.

"GWTG is about improving quality of care and saving lives, so the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association wanted to recognize Lenox Hill Hospital's contribution to quality cardiovascular care in a publication such as US News & World Report, which focuses its July issue on the top 100 hospitals," said Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., American Heart Association volunteer chairman for the national GWTG Steering Committee, referring to the GWTG's advertisement listing the hospitals recognized for performance achievement.

"Lenox Hill Hospital has implemented and maintained the appropriate standards of performance in cardiac and stroke care for patients. We are proud of Lenox Hill Hospital's efforts for implementing these lifesaving treatments," Mr. Fonarow added.

About Lenox Hill Hospital

In 2007, Lenox Hill Hospital, a 652 -bed fully-accredited acute care hospital, celebrates its 150th year of continuous service as it builds upon its rich history of medical innovation and superior healthcare.

Internationally recognized for excellence in cardiovascular care, orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, maternal and child health, bariatric surgery as well as ophthalmology and otolaryngology, Lenox Hill Hospital, located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, is committed to the highest standards of care. A leader in medical education, cutting edge clinical research, and innovative community outreach, the Hospital treats more than 325,000 patients each year.

In 2006, the Hospital opened its new, expanded radiology center, with the only SPECT-Ct in the northeastern United States, and a new 64-slice CT scanner, one of the most highly advanced computerized imaging technologies available.

This year, the Anne and Isidore Falk Center for Emergency Care opened at Lenox Hill Hospital. The new 15, 750-square-foot facility is double the size of the previous space and features state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

About GWTG

Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) is the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association's hospital-based program designed to ensure that patients are consistently treated and discharged according to evidence-based guidelines for coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke. This quality improvement program empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs through helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations for treating coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke. Experience has shown that 80,000 lives could be saved annually if the coronary artery disease (GWTG-CAD) module alone of Get With The GuidelinesSM were implemented nationwide.

Members of the press seeking information about Lenox Hill Hospital should call the Public Relations Department at (212) 434-2400.