Stamford Hospital Receives National Recognition from the American Heart Association

Published: June 23, 2022

Stamford, CT / June 23, 2022 – This month, Stamford Hospital received three American Heart Association (AHA) Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline achievement awards. These awards are for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital.

Stamford Hospital received the following awards from the AHA:

  • Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Gold Award
  • Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Gold Award
  • Get With The Guidelines Resuscitation Silver Award

 “At Stamford Hospital, our interdisciplinary teams provide both emergent and routine cardiac care, while working collaboratively to deliver high-quality outcomes to our patients,” stated David Hsi, M.D., FACC, FASE, Chief of Cardiology & Co-Director, Heart & Vascular Institute, and Scott Martin, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, Medical Director of Cardiac Cath Lab and Interventional Cardiology. “We are very proud of this recognition which is a true testament to our staff’s compassion, teamwork, and dedication to patient safety.”  

Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline put the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. As a participant in Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs, Stamford Hospital qualified for these awards by demonstrating how their organization has committed to delivering care in line with the highest standards of quality and clinical best practices established by the American Heart Association.

“I am pleased that we received these recognitions once again,” added Kathleen Silard, President and CEO. “The quality of care at Stamford Health is second to none, and I commend our staff for their dedication to patient safety and teamwork.”

“We are pleased to recognize Stamford Hospital for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said John Warner, M.D., FAHA, Past President of the American Heart Association and Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”


About Stamford Health

Stamford Health is a non-profit independent healthcare system with more than 3,700 employees committed to caring for the community through a wide range of high-quality health and wellness services. Patients and their families receive expert, compassionate care through the system’s 305-bed Stamford Hospital; Stamford Health Medical Group, with more than 40 offices in lower Fairfield County offering primary and specialty care; a growing number of ambulatory locations across the region; and support through the Stamford Hospital Foundation.

Stamford Health is known for its expert, person-centered care through its many recognitions and partnerships. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Stamford Hospital as a High Performing Hospital. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rated Stamford Hospital as a five-star hospital for Overall Quality. Stamford Hospital has an ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog organization for protecting patient safety. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has granted Stamford Hospital Magnet Status, which recognizes superior patient care with the highest level of safety, quality and patient satisfaction. Stamford Hospital is a Planetree Gold-Certified Person-Centered Hospital of Distinction, and one of only seven in the world to attain that distinction.

Stamford Health is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and has recently expanded its relationship with Columbia to offer treatment and expertise from Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s nationally recognized heart surgeons. Stamford Health and Hospital for Special Surgery have created a premier center for specialty orthopedic care right in Stamford, CT. Additionally, in 2020 Stamford Health’s Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center entered into an expanded collaboration with Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center.

Dedicated to being the community’s most trusted healthcare partner, Stamford Health puts patients first to build long-lasting relationships. For more information, visit Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 12 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

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