Little Company of Mary Hospital Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care

NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver award recognizes high standards.

Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Acute Coronary Treatment and Intervention Outcomes Network (ACTION) Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2015. LCMH is one of the top 8.5% of hospitals nationally to be recognized for this quality achievement. The award recognizes LCMH’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that LCMH has reached a goal of treating these patients beyond 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 Silver Performance Achievement Award, LCMH consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG for four consecutive quarters in 2014 and exceeded the performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures, with an overall composite score of 95 percent.

“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 attack patients,” said Thomas Quinn, M.D., Director of Cardiology and Medical Director of the Heart Failure Clinic at LCMH. “It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff members at LCMH who care for some of our most critical patients and their families.”

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 LCMH,” said Cindy Deuser, R.N. Vice President Quality Improvement at LCMH. “Our patients can be confident in knowing they will receive optimal and timely heart attack care from the moment they arrive at our door.”

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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.

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