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University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care

Friday, August 7, 2015

NCDR ACTION Registry – GWTG Platinum award recognizes high standards

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

The award recognizes UH Elyria Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that the hospital 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.

“This award is a proud achievement for UH Elyria. It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff members who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Don Schiffbauer, Director of Clinical Operations at UH Elyria Medical Center. “The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team, emergency department personnel and EMS providers, and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, UH Elyria Medical Center 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 UH Elyria Medical Center 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.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 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.

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.

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