Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital Reecives National Honor for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston, one of two advanced cardiovascular centers for the Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care Heart Team, has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2011 – one of only 167 hospitals nationwide to do so.

The award recognizes Ministry Saint Clare’s and its staff for their commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies the programs reaching 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 is the second year in a row that Ministry Saint Clare’s has received the Gold Performance Achievement Award after earning silver status in 2009, which was the first year the facility was eligible to participate in the program after launching its heart surgery program three-years earlier.

"The Action Registry program provides a constant system of measurement to help us ensure the highest standards of care for our heart program," said Jan Abell, director of cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary services. "It is the result of the hard work of a dedicated team of staff across many departments to ensure this level of care is available to our patients."

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, Ministry Saint Clare’s consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry–GWTG for 8 consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 85% for specific performance measures.

"The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Ministry Saint Clare’s 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," Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, FACC, FAHA, ACTION Registry-GWTG Steering Committee Chair and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.

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.


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