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Lincoln Achievements

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Lincoln Medical Center is renowned for its centers of excellence, and is a recognized industry leader in the implementation of services and programs that provide outstanding clinical care, state-of-the art technology and best practices. Lincoln Hospital has received numerous awards and recognitions. Our successes reflect the work of our dedicated and highly competent team of clinicians, administrators and employees. Allow us to share some highlights of these achievements. 

2013
  • Lincoln Medical Center was recently presented with the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC).  Lincoln is one of a select group of only 79 U.S. health care facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed last year.  The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Our cancer program was evaluated on 29 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement.  Our program was further evaluated on eight commendation standards.  To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 29 other standards.  

  • Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Award: The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association awarded Lincoln the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Award. The Plus Award is an advanced level of recognition that acknowledges Lincoln for its compliance with the Quality Measures within the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Program, and it recognizes Lincoln's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care for consecutive 12 month intervals.

2012
  • Lincoln Medical Center received the prestigious Quest for Quality award from the American Hospital Association (AHA) for its leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. The facility successfully demonstrated a commitment to providing patient-centered care focused on ground-breaking methods that improve safety and quality. The award is presented annually to honor leadership and innovation based on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) six quality aims—safety, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness and equity. Lincoln is one of four hospitals selected this year from a nation-wide pool of 40 hospitals competing for the prize.
  • Lincoln Medical Center’s Palliative Care Services Achieves Prestigious Joint Commission Certification. Lincoln is the only hospital in the Bronx and 1 of 2 in New York City to receive advanced certification.  The facility’s palliative care services have successfully met all the rigorous safety and quality standards set by the Joint Commission in order to receive the national accreditation agency’s two-year Advance Certification – its highest level of distinction for palliative care programs.

2011
  • Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Award: The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association awarded Lincoln the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Award. The Plus Award is an advanced level of recognition that acknowledges Lincoln for its compliance with the Quality Measures within the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Program, and it recognizes Lincoln's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care. Lincoln was also included in the Target Stroke (TS) Honor Roll for timely administration of thrombolytics for six consecutive months for the 2nd time and is the only hospital in the Bronx to achieve the Gold Plus status.
  • Lincoln Hospital Celebrates Re-Opening of Pediatric’s Heads Up! Reading Program: Lincoln Medical Center held a grand re-opening of its Pediatric Heads Up! Reading Room, marking its 11th anniversary of the hospital’s Literacy Program. Since August 2000, Lincoln’s Heads Up! Reading Program has addressed the problems of inadequate language development and illiteracy, which are prevalent among the lower income children we serve. Each year, during well-child visits, our pediatricians provide brand new, age appropriate books to nearly 10,000 Lincoln Hospital patients under the age of five.

  • Lincoln Hospital was awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine by the American College of Radiology (ACR): The ACR gold seal of accreditation is awarded only to facilities that have voluntarily undergone rigorous evaluation of image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, and effectiveness of quality control procedures. Lincoln Hospital performs an average of 3,300 imaging procedures annually in the Nuclear Medicine Division of Radiology. Among those who benefit from cutting-edge technology in nuclear medicine are patients with thyroid diseases, cancer, and coronary artery diseases.


2010
  • Lincoln Designated PPC-Patient –Centered Medical Home by National Committee for Quality Assurance: Lincoln Medical Center has been designated as Physician Practice Connections®- Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PPC-PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) -- scoring a Level III -- the highest level achievable. This designation recognizes physician practice models which function as medical homes, using systematic, patient-centered and coordinated care management processes. The NCQA, along with the input from highly regarded organizations (such as the American College of Physicians), has defined an evidence-based, primary care model that includes standards, policies and processes associated with high-quality care, and measures a practice’s compliance with those standards. This designation signifies Lincoln Hospital’s commitment to its vision: To be a patient-centered, acute care facility in support of primary care initiatives.

  • Breast Ultrasound Accreditation and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence Designation: The American College of Radiology (ACR) awarded Lincoln a three-year term of accreditation in breast ultrasound. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.  It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. In addition to this accreditation, the American College of Radiology also designated Lincoln as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.  Breast imaging centers receive such recognition only after achieving accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy). These two designations highlight the Department of Radiology's dedication and ongoing commitment to providing our patients with excellent medical care. 

  • Diabetes Recognition Program: Lincoln's Department of Medicine received top recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance Diabetes Recognition Program. This voluntary program recognizes medical professionals who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to patients with diabetes. The Diabetes Recognition Program is designated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a registry for quality reporting for the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). Clinical teams who achieve this recognition demonstrate to their peers, patients and others that they are among a privileged few recognized publicly for exceptional skills in providing the highest level of diabetes care. 

  • Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Quality Award: The American Heart Association awarded Lincoln the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Quality Award. The Plus Award is an advanced level of recognition that acknowledges Lincoln for its compliance with the Quality Measures within the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Program, and it recognizes Lincoln's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care.

  • Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award: In 2010, the Commission on Cancer bestowed its prestigious 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award to Lincoln Hospital's Cancer Center. This award recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Lincoln received the Outstanding Achievement Award following an on-site evaluation during which the facility demonstrated a Commendation level of compliance with six standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program within five areas of program activities (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). Lincoln's Cancer Center joins the privileged ranks of only 18 percent of more than 430 cancer programs surveyed in 2009 to have received this honor.

2009
  • Breast Center Accreditation: Lincoln Medical Center received Breast Center accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Lincoln's Breast Center is the only NAPBC accredited Breast Center in New York City and 1 of 5 in New York State. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review.

  • New Labor and Delivery Suite: September 2009 marked the official opening of Lincoln Hospital's new Labor and Delivery Suite, further enhancing the exceptional obstetric care and comprehensive maternity services provided by highly specialized caring medical professionals. The new state of the art birthing suite, spanning an area of approximately 25,000 square feet, is located on the fifth floor and constitutes the final phase of a multimillion dollar capital investment that includes the modernization of the adjacent postpartum, neonatal and nursery units.

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Lincoln Medical Center was named as one of the Surgical Safety Checklist Mentor Hospitals by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The designation recognizes our efforts to guide other healthcare providers to improve communication, prevent errors, and make surgery safer. Lincoln was one of only eight hospitals in the country to be designated mentors for leadership and success in adopting the World Health Organization's Surgical Safety Checklist.

  • Biplane Imaging System: Lincoln received one of the most advanced imaging technologies in the country - a new, all-digital x-ray imaging system to help doctors diagnose and treat cardiovascular, neurovascular and other conditions. This system, known as Innova® 31311Q, expands the hospitals' diagnostic and treatment options in a variety of interventional procedures. It enables doctors to view the anatomy with exceptional detail in two different projections simultaneously, and enhances the accuracy of the diagnosis and the safety of the procedures.

  • New York State Department of Health: The daily online version of Crain's New York, on July 2, 2009, cited a New York State Department of Health report naming Lincoln one of the "stars" among New York City hospitals with rates of infection that were lower than the state average. The report is the first to publicly identify infection rates by hospital name for surgical-site infections after colon, coronary artery bypass graft and hip replacement surgeries.

  • Service Excellence: Lincoln achieved patient satisfaction scores above New York State and the nation in five categories: Doctor communications; responsiveness of the hospital staff; cleanliness of room/bathroom; quietness of the area around patient rooms at night and communicating to patients about their medicine.

  • The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association: Lincoln Hospital received the Gold Performance Achievement Award for Coronary Artery Disease Get With the Guidelines Program

  • Recognition by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malawi, South East Africa: Lincoln received a letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malawi in South East Africa, thanking the Hospital and our Director of the CASA Clinic for assisting the Malawi government in launching a "Zero Tolerance Campaign Against Child Abuse." Lincoln provided much needed expertise to the medical doctors, therapists, and counselors who are critical in the recovery process of abused children.

2008
  • New State of the Art Ambulatory Care Pavilion: In 2008, Lincoln opened it's new Ambulatory Care Pavilion. This state of the art modern facility houses the adult medical clinic where patients receive comprehensive primary and preventive care for a broad range of health conditions.

  • New York Blood Center's 2008 Bronx Blood Donor Campaign: Lincoln Medical Center was ranked #1 among hospitals that participated in the New York Blood Center's 2008 Bronx Blood Donor Campaign. The Bronx Borough President awarded us the Bronx Borough President's 2008 Hospital Award. Lincoln was also awarded the 2008 Bronx Achievement Award by the Bronx Borough President and the New York Blood Center.

  • Diabetes Center of Excellence: The American Diabetes Association designated Lincoln Hospital as a Diabetes Center of Excellence for Diabetes Self Management.

  • Gold Annual Performance Award. Lincoln Hospital received the Gold Annual Performance Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

  • National Association of Public Hospitals (NAPH): Lincoln Hospital received the 2008 NAPH Honorable Mention Safety Net Award for improving access to care for Hispanic and Black adolescents in the Downtown Bronx.

  • Healthgrades: Recognized Lincoln Hospital for "Superior Clinical Performance" in General Surgery.

2007
  • The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association: Lincoln Hospital received the Silver Annual Performance Award for "Get with the Guidelines." This acknowledgement of excellent patient care is among the best recognitions a hospital can get.

  • US News and World Report: Lincoln received national recognition for care provided to patients with congestive heart failure and heart attack.

  • The College of American Pathologists (CAP): Lincoln's Department of Pathology was invited to become a reference lab for CAP's proficiency test program. This honor is extended only to labs that demonstrate excellence in their program.

  • New York State Department of Health: Lincoln Hospital is the first hospital in the South Bronx to receive designation from the NY State Health Department as an official Stroke Center.

2006
  • Received Prestigious HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence: Lincoln Hospital and the Generations+/Northern Manhattan Health Network were recognized as "The Best Healthcare Network in the US" for its successful transition from paper to computerized patient records. The award is given once a year to one hospital or network in the country.

  • The New York State Department of Health: Lincoln was ranked among the top hospitals in New York State for the quality of care provided to patients admitted to a hospital for heart failure, heart attack and surgical infection prevention. Our scores:

    • 99% for Heart-Failure Care
    • 97% for Heart Attack Care
    • 92% for Surgical Infection Prevention

  • American College of Surgeons (ACS): Lincoln Hospital received verbal commendation and was accredited for three years by the ACS Commission on Cancer.

  • Maternity and Nursery Suites: New attractive suites opened up for the comfort of new moms and their babies.

  • Radiology Digital Mammography Unit: Lincoln received a new CT scanner, a gift from the Bronx Borough President that gives doctors a non-invasive way to provide care. It creates detailed images in a very short time and with a lower radiation dosage.

2005
  • Consumers Digest Magazine: Recognized Lincoln Hospital as one of the "50 Exceptional U.S. Hospitals" for patient safety.

  • National Association of Public Hospitals: Lincoln received the Honorable Mention Safety Net Award for increasing Colon Cancer Screening and Cancer Early Detection.

  • American College of Radiology: Lincoln received approval for three years to evaluate breast disease using stereotactic breast biopsies.

  • Proclamation from the Bronx Borough President: Acknowledging the success of our Keeping Generations Safe, Injury Prevention Program.
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