September 5, 2013

Mercy Medical Center receives American College of Cardiology Foundation Performance Achievement Award

Mercy Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2013 – one of only 197 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes Mercy Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that Mercy 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, Mercy Medical Center 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. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to ACC/AHA Clinical Guideline recommendations, monitors drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to ST¬–elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non- ST–elevation myocardial infarction patients (NSTEMI).

“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Mercy 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,” stated James Jollis, M.D., FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG chair and professor of medicine and radiology at Duke University Hospital and Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., MPH, FACC, FAHA, ACTION Registry-GWTG co-chair and chief of cardiology at VA Boston Healthcare System, senior physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

“The time is right for Mercy Medical Center to be focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care by implementing ACTION Registry–GWTG,” said Ahmed Sabe, M.D., executive director of Mercy Heart Center and co-director of Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center. “The number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population,” Sabe said.

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation 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 STEMI and NSTEMI patients.

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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