Hackensack University Medical Center Recognized as a Mitral Valve Repair Referral Center for Second Year by American Heart Association and Mitral Foundation

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Newswise – HACKENSACK, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center received the Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award from the American Heart Association and the mitral foundation for a demonstrated record of superior clinical outcomes resulting from evidence-based, guideline-driven degenerative mitral valve repair.

Hackensack University Medical Center is a leading provider of cardiovascular care, ranked #43 in the nation, the top-ranked medical center in the state for cardiology and cardiac surgery by US News and World Report.

This is the second consecutive year that Hackensack University Medical Center has earned this recognition since the program launched in November 2019. Currently, only 22 hospitals across the country have won this elite award.

The Mitral Valve Repair Referral Center Award was created to identify, recognize and promote recognized medical centers nationwide for mitral valve repair surgery. Hackensack University Medical Center won the award for demonstrating adherence to evidence-based treatment guidelines as well as an ongoing commitment to reporting and measuring quality and outcome measures specific to mitral valve repairs.

The recommended treatment for degenerative mitral valve disease is mitral valve reconstruction, as opposed to valve replacement with a bioprosthetic or mechanical valve. Valve repair is associated with better survival and fewer long-term complications than valve replacement. Many patients who would have had valve repair receive replacement valves instead, resulting in higher rates of death or complications within five years of surgery.

“We are thrilled to recognize Hackensack University Medical Center for its commitment to patients who need mitral valve repair,” said Robert O. Bonow, MD, professor of cardiology at Northwestern University and former president of the American Heart Association. “Choosing the right hospital for heart surgery is one of the most important healthcare decisions that patients and their treating physicians must make to ensure the best outcomes. The Mitral Valve Repair Referral Center Award identifies hospitals with excellent processes and outcomes and gives patients and cardiologists the information needed to make those important decisions when mitral valve surgery is needed.

“Receiving this recognition for the second time is a testament to the skill and dedication of our entire Cardiac Surgery team,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, President, Northern Region, and Hospital President and CEO, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health. “This is another example of our commitment to bringing the latest technology to members of the communities we serve while delivering exceptional results.”

“The Mitral Valve Repair Benchmark Award is a very selective award that sets our cardiac surgery team apart from other local and national hospitals, and we couldn’t be prouder to earn this recognition for the second time,” said David B. Landers, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Acting Director, Heart and Vascular Hospital; Executive Director, Cardiovascular Partners, Hackensack University Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Cardiology, Hackensack Meridian Health School of Medicine. “Hackensack University Medical Center won this award by demonstrating adherence to evidence-based treatment guidelines along with an ongoing commitment to reporting and measuring quality and outcome measures specific to mitral valve repairs.”

Mark Anderson, MD, chairman of the Department of Cardiac Surgery and cardiothoracic surgeon at Heart and Vascular Hospital performing mitral valve repair.

“Mitral valve disease and its complications affect tens of thousands of patients every year,” explained Mark Anderson, MD, Chairman of the Department of Cardiac Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Heart and Vascular Hospital and Mitral Foundation Referred Mitral Valve Surgeon. “Having a valve repaired at a nationally recognized referral center is a smart decision and ensures patients receive the best care from an experienced team.”

More information about the American Heart Association and Mitral Foundation Mitral Valve Repair Referral Center Award is available at www.heart.org.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH HACKENSACK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER

Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital, was the first hospital in Bergen County founded in 1888. It was also the first hospital in New Jersey and the second in the nation to become a Magnet® Recognized Hospital for Excellence in Nursing, receiving its sixth consecutive designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The academic flagship of the Hackensack Meridian Health network, Hackensack University Medical Center is nationally ranked by US News and World Report 2022-2023 in four specialties, more than any other hospital in New Jersey. The hospital is home to the only nationally ranked urology, neurology, and neurosurgery programs in the state, as well as the top cardiology and cardiac surgery program. It also offers patients nationally ranked orthopedic care and one of the leading cancer centers in the state (John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center). Hackensack University Medical Center also ranked among the top performers in conditions such as Acute Kidney Failure, Heart Attack (AMI), Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( COPD), diabetes and stroke. As well as high performance in procedures such as Aortic Valve Surgery, Cardiac Bypass Surgery (CABG), Colon Cancer Surgery, Lung Cancer Surgery, Prostate Cancer Surgery, Replacement hip and knee replacement. This award-winning care is delivered on a campus that houses facilities such as the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, home to Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital and Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, ranked #1 in the state and top 20 in the region of the mid-Atlantic in the US News and World Report‘s 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospital Report. Additionally, the Children’s Nephrology program ranks among the top 50 in the United States. Hackensack University Medical Center is also home to the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and is on the Green Guide’s list of the top 10 green hospitals in the United States. Our comprehensive clinical research portfolio includes studies focused on precision medicine, translational medicine, immunotherapy, cell therapy, and vaccine development. The hospital embarked on the largest health care expansion project ever approved by the state: construction of the Helena Theurer Pavilion, a nine-story, 530,000 square foot building, which began in 2019. A $714.2 million undertaking, the pavilion is one of the largest healthcare capital projects in New Jersey and will house 24 state-of-the-art operating rooms with intraoperative MRI capacity, 50 intensive care and 175 medical/surgical beds, including a 50-room musculoskeletal institute.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH

Meridian Hackensack Health is a leading nonprofit health care organization that is New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive, and most truly integrated health care network, providing a full range of medical services, innovative research, and life-enhancing care. The network has 18 hospitals and more than 500 patient care centers, which include ambulatory care centers, surgical centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, nursing services. ambulance, life-saving air medical transport, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers, physician practice locations, and a fitness and wellness center. With over 35,000 team members and 7,000 physicians, Hackensack Meridian Health is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy and is committed to the health and well-being of New Jersey communities.

Notable accolades from the network include having more American News-ranked hospitals than any other health system in New Jersey, ranked by US News and World Report, 2022-23. Hackensack University Medical Center is nationally ranked by US News and World Report in four specialties, more than any other hospital in New Jersey. Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center are ranked #1 in the state and among the top 20 first in the mid-Atlantic region by US News and World Report‘s 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospital Report. Additionally, their combined nephrology program ranks in the top 50 in the United States. To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.

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