Allegheny General Hospital One in 16 Nationwide Earning Golden Seal of Approval® for Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

Allegheny General Hospital One in 16 Nationwide Earning Golden Seal of Approval® for Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), the flagship academic medical center of Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network (AHN), is the first hospital in Pennsylvania and one of just 16 in the United States to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval© for Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification. The announcement marks the latest achievement from the nationally-acclaimed team of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons of the AHN Cardiovascular Institute.  The prestigious designation was created in 2018 through an innovative collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) leveraging the organization’s combined strengths in science, research, and quality improvement. Regarded as an opportunity to recognize the top medical facilities in the country for excellence in comprehensive cardiac care, the rigorous assessment looks at every touchpoint in a patient’s ongoing care continuum.

Premier Cardiovascular Institute

The AHN Cardiovascular Institute offers a multi-disciplinary care approach that focuses on prevention, management, and treatment of highly-complex cardiovascular conditions. All AHN heart patients are prescribed tailored, disease specific treatment plans that best meet their needs, including holistic ancillary services like wellness programs, nutrition counseling and cardiac rehabilitation.

Rigorous Audits Lead to Certification

In late 2020, AGH underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review in which a Joint Commission team evaluated the hospital’s compliance with related certification standards, including disease management, cardiac rehabilitation, clinician training, patient transfers, clinical care delivery and prevention care planning, among others. Reviewers also conducted onsite observations and patient interviews as part of the evaluation.

For decades, the AHN Cardiovascular Institute has been synonymous with care innovation, research and clinical excellence. The hospital’s cardiac ventricular assist device (VAD) program was among the first in the region to receive Joint Commission Certification, and the hospital is routinely ranked among the nation’s top medical centers for survival rates among heart transplant patients. Most recently, Healthgrades listed AGH as one of the country’s top hospitals for overall cardiac care and cardiac surgery, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons has recognized AGH with its highest 3-star transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program rating.

Thrilled Leadership

“On behalf of Allegheny Health Network, we’re truly honored to receive this distinguished recognition from The Joint Commission which reflects the exceptional quality of our programs and caregivers across the entire Cardiovascular Institute,” said Stephen Bailey, MD, Department Chair of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at AHN. “By upholding the highest, evidence-based standards of care, we have established a longstanding legacy at AGH and AHN of providing hope to patients with even the most complex cardiovascular diseases.”

Six Hospitals Receive AHA’s ‘Get with the Guidelines®—Heart Failure Achievement Award

In September, AHN also announced that six of its hospitals received the AHA Get With The Guidelines®– Heart Failure Achievement Award. Including AGH, all facilities earned Gold Plus designations, the highest level of achievement and a milestone for the Network’s heart program.

Who is The Joint Commission?

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies over 22,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

About the Allegheny Health Network

Allegheny Health Network (, a Highmark Health company, is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the greater Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is composed of 13 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, Health + Wellness Pavilions, an employed physician organization, home and community-based health services, a research institute, and a group purchasing organization. The Network provides patients with access to a complete spectrum of advanced medical services, including nationally recognized programs for primary and emergency care, trauma care, cardiovascular disease, organ transplantation, cancer care, orthopedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, women’s health, diabetes, autoimmune disease and more. AHN employs approximately 21,000 people, has more than 2,500 physicians on its medical staff and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.