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Cardiac Center Certification a First in New England

October 19, 2021

The Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Comprehensive Cardiac Center (CCC) Certification, becoming the first cardiac program in New England and one of 16 nationally to be awarded this prestigious designation.

Offered in collaboration with the American Heart Association, achieving Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification is the premier cardiovascular certification awarded to hospitals that demonstrate high-quality care using evidence-based, guidelines-driven treatment and foster collaboration throughout the system of care.


“It is an honor to be recognized by the Joint Commission for the exceptional care our heart and vascular team provides to our patients each and every day,” said Hartford Hospital President Bimal Patel.  “This designation is a testament to the amazing skill, dedication and collaboration of our entire cardiac team and their commitment to high quality care.”

In order to earn CCC certification, Hartford Hospital had to demonstrate excellence in treating every type of heart issue at any point in the disease process – from prevention through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The program was required to exceed quality measurements in the following areas:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Heart failure.
  • Cardiac arrest.
  • Coronary artery bypass.
  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization.
  • Valve replacement.
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention.
  • ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).
  • Arrhythmia management.
  • Acute myocardial infarction.

“This designation by the Joint Commission truly demonstrates the expertise and collaboration of our entire team heart & vascular team and their commitment to excellence at every touch point in the continuum of care,” said Dr. Sabet Hashim, Co-Physician in Chief of the Heart & Vascular Institute.

Hartford Hospital underwent a rigorous two-day onsite survey in August.

“I’d like to congratulate the entire team for earning this prestigious designation,” said Wheatley Wentzell, Senior Vice President of Operations, Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute. “Through their skill, hard work and unwavering commitment to providing the highest quality of care to our patients, the Hartford HealthCare Heart Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital has become one of the top cardiac centers in the nation.”