Kansas City, KS (July 13, 2015) – Providence Medical Center has received
the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG
Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. Providence is one of
only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes Providence’s commitment and success in implementing
a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that
Providence has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to
standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American
Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement
Award, Providence consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the
ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and
met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures.
Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality
improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline
recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.
“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association
commend Providence Medical Center for its success in implementing standards
of care and protocols. The full implementation of acute and secondary
prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving
the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” said
James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine
and Radiology at Duke University Hospital.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer
a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a
coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart
muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival
and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery,
smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.
“This award is a proud achievement for Providence Medical Center.
It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff who care for some
of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Randy
Nyp, CEO/President. “The implementation of these guidelines requires
successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel
and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart
ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College
of Cardiology and the American Heart Association with partnering support
from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular
Patient Care. ACTION Registry-GWTG empowers health care provider teams
to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current,
science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding
and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients
with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.
The American College of Cardiology is a 49,000-member medical society
that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team.
The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to
improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy,
standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to
measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, disseminates
cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists
who meet stringent qualifications.
For more information, visit ACC.org.