Southeast Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s ACTION Registry – GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for the second year in a row. Only 197 hospitals nationwide received the 2013 award.
The award recognizes Southeast Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that Southeast 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 Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Southeast consistently followed the treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures.
“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Southeast Hospital 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 ACTION Registry – GWTG Co-Chairs James Jollis, MD, FACC, and Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA. Dr. Jollis is a professor of medicine and radiology at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina. Dr. Bhatt is chief of cardiology at the Veterans Administration’s Boston Healthcare System, senior physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
“The time is right for Southeast Hospital to be focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care. 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,” said Gabe Soto, MD, PhD, of Cardiovascular Consultants and the Southeast Hospital medical staff.
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.