SIUH Receives Back-to-Back Recognition for High-Quality Diabetes Care

Left to right: Drs. Garbis Dabaghian , Mario Castellanos, Imran Khalid, and Vladimir Kozhinskiy
Left to right: Drs. Garbis Dabaghian , Mario Castellanos, Imran Khalid, and Vladimir Kozhinskiy

Staten Island, NY – Staten Island University Hospital’s (SIUH) ambulatory care centers has once again received recognition for high-quality diabetes care from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). A member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, SIUH received NCQA recognition in 2012.

NCQA developed the Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) to provide clinicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of consistent high-quality care. This voluntary program is designed to recognize clinicians who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes. 

The DRP Program has 11 measures which cover areas such as:

  • HbA1c control

  • Blood Pressure control

  • LDL control

  • Eye examinations

  • Nephropathy assessment

  • Smoking  and Tobacco Use and cessation advice or treatment  

Eligible physicians have to submit documentation outlining levels of clinical performance in key areas including eye exams, blood pressure control, nutrition counseling and patient satisfaction. 

Those who achieve DRP Recognition show their peers, patients and others in the Diabetes community that they are part of an elite group that is publicly recognized for their skill in providing the highest-level diabetes care.

Physicians acknowledged received three-year recognition from the NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program, a partnership of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the NCQA. The program incentivizes quality improvement in the clinical care of diabetes as well as documentation. 

NCQA SIUH physicians include:
Garbis Dabaghian, MD, Imran Khalid, MD, Vladimir Kozhinskiy, MD, and Mario Castellanos, MD from SIUH’s Medical Arts Pavilion, located at 242 Mason Avenue, in addition to Eugene Holuka, MD and David Brandt, MD from the Bay Street Health Center at 57 Bay Street.

According to the ADA, in 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes and remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

“NCQA’s Diabetes Recognition Program honors the vanguard, professionals using the best science to help patients cope with one of modern life’s most pervasive illnesses,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “I commend the physicians at the Medical Arts Pavilion and Bay Street Health Center for providing high quality care and for going the extra mile to help people with diabetes.”

“With the rise in the incidence of diabetes throughout the country, it is important that medical practitioners provide patients with all the support and resources they can to help people maintain their health and control their diabetes,” said Matthew G. Weeks, MD, Medical Director of Ambulatory Care at Staten Island University Hospital. “I appreciate all the efforts these physicians and their medical practices have undergone to provide our patients with the safest and highest quality care.”

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality, and accredits and certifies a wide-range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. SIUH received diabetes NCQA recognition in 2012.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.

For more information on NCQA, visit

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