(Fargo, ND) – Sanford Medical Center Fargo has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry–Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2011 – one of only 167 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes Sanford’s success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that Sanford has reached an aggressive goal of treating patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) clinical guidelines and recommendations.
To receive the Gold Performance Award, Sanford consistently followed the treatment guidelines in for 8 consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 85% for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to ACC/AHA Clinical Guidelines, monitors drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.
“The ACC Foundation and AHA commend Sanford 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 lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Steering Committee Chair.
“Sanford has been, and continues to be focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care. The number of acute heart attacks patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population,” said Dennis Millirons, president, Sanford Medical Center Fargo.
The Foundation is a partnership between the ACC Foundation and the AHA with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians, Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Society of Hospital Medicine. The Foundation empowers health care 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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