September 26, 2016
Rome, GA, September 12, 2016— Redmond Regional Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016. Redmond is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes Redmond’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Redmond 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, Redmond consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards 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.
“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Redmond has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., FACC, FAHA, Chair, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair; Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, Redmond is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”
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.
“Achieving this level of distinction in cardiac care is the result of a great team approach at Redmond,” said Dr. Charles Baggett, Harbin Clinic Cardiologist and Physician Champion for ACTION Registry at Redmond. “It is a testament to the successful coordination of our cardiovascular team, our emergency services team, and our community emergency partners. We are honored to receive this prestigious national award in recognition of the outstanding cardiac care of patients at Redmond.”
“This is a proud achievement for Redmond, reflecting the hard work and dedication of our team who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said John Quinlivan, Redmond Chief Executive Officer. “Our staff, in partnership with Harbin Clinic Cardiologists and Cardiothoracic Surgeons, are focused on continually elevating the level of cardiac care that we provide. And ultimately, that focus means that we are saving lives and improving the outcomes for our patients here at Redmond.”
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 52,000-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, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit acc.org.