Platinum Award Recognizes Ministry Facilities for Heart Attack Care

The two advanced surgical centers for the Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care heart care team have received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR® ACTION Registry®–GWTGTM Platinum Performance Achievement Award.

Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield and Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital, Weston are two of 197 hospitals nationwide to receive the Platinum Award for implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients. It’s the second straight year each facility has received the Platinum Award.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Ministry Saint Joseph’s and Ministry Saint Clare’s consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for 8 consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures.

“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend the Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care heart care team 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,” stated James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital and Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, ACTION Registry-GWTG Co-Chair and Chief of Cardiology at VA Boston Healthcare System, Senior Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

The American Heart Association estimates that each year, nearly 300,000 people in the United States will have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

“ACTION Registry–GWTG is designed to improve the quality of cardiovascular care and our physicians and staff members have responded to the benefit of our patients and the communities we serve, said Dr. Richard Reinhart, Joint Heart Care Team medical director. “This award recognizes a significant achievement and priority as 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.”

Following the ACTION Registry–GWTG 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).

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