ESCONDIDO–Palomar Health has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2016. Palomar Health is one of only 21 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes Palomar Health’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Palomar Health 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 Silver Performance Achievement Award, Palomar Health consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–“Get With The Guidelines” for four 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 Silver Performance Award recipient, Palomar Health has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., MPH, FACC, FAHA, 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, Palomar Health 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.
“This is a system-wide accomplishment in the care of patients having a heart attack and reflects the amazing collaboration and teamwork between disciplines, putting our patient’s first to ensure they receive exceptional care,” said Maria Sudak, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Palomar Medical Center . “This award reflects the passion and commitment Palomar Health has to serving our communities. It makes me proud to be part of health system is dedicated to changing lives and making a difference every day.”
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.