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St. Joseph Hospital receives national award for cardiac care

The recognition comes from the American College of Cardiology Foundation

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: August 31, 2012 02:45 PM

St. Joseph Hospital in Orange has been named the recipient of an award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation for demonstrated performance and commitment to enacting a higher standard of care in treating heart attack patients. The hospital received the Foundation’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry GWTG (Get With The Guidelines) Platinum Performance Achievement Award. The recognition was granted to only 164 hospitals across the country.

“Improving the quality of cardiac care is a top priority for us,” said Kevin Lundon, vice president of operations at St. Joseph Hospital, “So we feel the time is right to implement ACTION Registry–GWTG, especially since we expect the number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment to grow during the next decade due to an aging population.”

The ACTION Registry GWTG, part of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, is a program that hospitals can participate in, which provides up-to-date information and treatment guidelines from the American Cardiac College and the American Heart Association, while at the same time allows participating organizations to meet regulatory data collection and reporting requirements. The program applies exclusively to ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) heart-attack patients.

A partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association, the ACTION Registry GWTG monitors drug safety and overall quality of care for heart attack patients, and provides hospitals with the most current information for treating heart attack patients. Receiving the award means that St. Joseph Hospital followed ACTION Registry-GWTG Premium treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent of specific performance metrics.

“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend St. Joseph Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, chair of the ACTION Registry-GWTG Steering Committee and director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “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.”

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