(Sioux Falls, SD) Sanford USD Medical Center and the team at Sanford Heart Hospital have received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry – GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012 – one of only 164 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes Sanford USD Medical Center and Sanford Heart Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It also signifies that the hospitals have 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.
“The time is right for Sanford USD Medical Center to continually work to improve the quality of cardiovascular care by implementing ACTION Registry – GWTG, “said Tom Stys, medical director, Sanford Heart Hospital. “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.”
To receive the ACTION Registry – GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Sanford USD 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. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to ACC/AHA Clinical Guideline recommendations, monitors drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients (NSTEMI).
About ACTION Registry – GWTG
About 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, Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Society of Hospital Medicine. 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 STEMI and NSTEMI patients.