Mercy Medical Center Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients - Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Medical Center Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

Posted on: July 17, 2018

Mercy Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018. Mercy is one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Mercy Heart Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care, which includes taking the patient directly into the cardiac cath lab in the Emergency Room for all ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attack patients. This signifies that Mercy has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients at higher standard levels of care, and reducing damage done during a heart attack,  as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Mercy has demonstrated continuous achievement heart attack care for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards in the care of heart attack patients. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a challenging quality improvement process using data to increase adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Mercy Medical Center has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, Chair, ACTION Registry; 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, Mercy 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.

“Mercy has a proven track record of increasing the survival rate of heart attack patients by placing the cardiac cath lab directly in the  Emergency Department, making it easily accessible to emergency responders and Mercy staff.  We are the only hospital in the world that has this accessibility available to our patients. Here at Mercy heart attack patients go directly from the ambulance to the cardiac cath lab which allows us to open blocked arteries more quickly, minimizing damage to the heart muscle and sustaining the quality of life for our patients.  This is just one example of Mercy’s dedication to improving the quality of care for our heart attack patients,” says Ahmed Sabe, M.D., executive director of Cardiovascular Services at Mercy Medical Center. “This Platinum Performance Award from the American College of Cardiology is a testament to our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

ACTION Registry 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.

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