SoutheastHEALTH Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care

August 10, 2015

SoutheastHEALTH has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. SoutheastHEALTH is one of only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes SoutheastHEALTH’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that SoutheastHEALTH 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, SoutheastHEALTH 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 SoutheastHEALTH 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.

“This award is a proud achievement for SoutheastHEALTH. It reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Chief Executive Officer, Ken Bateman. “The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step in saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

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.