Lincoln Hospital and North Central Receive Top Honors In The Country For Their Care

Lincoln Medical Center
Lincoln Medical Center

The Daily News just reported that 3 city run hospitals including Lincoln Medical Center and North Central in The Bronx have been ranked as top performers by The Joint Commission (See the report here: America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety – The Joint Commission’s Annual Report 2014)

Lincoln Hospital in the Melrose and Mott Haven area of the South Bronx received recognition in 4 out of 10 categories (Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care) however, it missed the mark on Children’s Asthma — an ailment which the immediate area is plagued by 8 x the national rate of childhood asthma and 21 x the hospitalization rate in NYC.

Meanwhile, further north in our borough, North Central received top ranking in 3 out of the 10 categories (Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care).

Although having received many major awards and recognition for various categories of care, Lincoln Hospital’s reputation still suffers among the mindset of local Bronxites (myself included after an abysmal wait time in the ER).  The hospital was a finalist  in 2012 for the American Hospital Association’s McKesson Quest for Quality Prize which recognizes hospitals that:

  • have committed in a systematic manner and can document achievements in the Institute of Medicine’s six quality aims–safety, patient [and family]-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, and equity;
  • are taking steps to improve the health status of their communities; and
  • provide replicable models and approaches for the hospital field.”

In 2013, Lincoln was received the 2012 National Outstanding Achievement Award from American College Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (the only NYC hospital to receive such recognition for 2012).

Read more at: Three city-run hospitals ranked as top performers – NY Daily News.


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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.