NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Receives Prestigious Accreditation by Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Pulmonary Hypertension AssociationThe Adult and Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center has been accredited as a Center of Comprehensive Care (CCC) through the Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers (PHCC) program as of January, 2015. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (including both Columbia and Cornell campuses) is the only center in New York to receive this accreditation and one of the first pulmonary hypertension programs in the nation to become accredited.

This designation, initiated and managed by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) and its Scientific Leadership Council, has been instituted to improve the quality of care and ultimately the health outcomes of patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH), specifically pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

Benefits for Patients

NYP/Columbia’s accreditation means that our patients are managed by highly trained and specialized physicians who have demonstrated a dedication to both the proper clinical management and the larger PH scientific community. It also signifies that our center has met the rigorous standards of PHCC criteria, including an application and assessment of over 50 components of the Center Director, Center Coordinator, Program Staff and Support Services, Clinical Facility, and Clinical Research of our PH program.

By seeking care at a PHCC accredited center, patients may expect the following:
• Access to expert care
• Earlier and more appropriate diagnosis
• High quality standard of care
• Increased education and support for families and caregivers
• Increased opportunities to participate in clinical research

Moreover, the national network of PHCC’s will increase collaboration in the PH community and help lead to an understanding of best practices in the treatment of PH through clinical, quality improvement and investigative partnerships. To achieve this goal, patients at our center will be invited to contribute to a PH patient registry that will track diagnostic and treatment patterns at a national level.

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