Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center has 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 Mercy Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Mercy Medical Center has 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.
To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Mercy Heart 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-STEMI myocardial infarction patients (NSTEMI).
“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Mercy Medical Center for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” says Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., FACC, FAHA, ACTION Registry-GWTG Steering Committee chair and director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “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,” says James Jollis, M.D., FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG co-chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital.
“Due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population, the number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow,” says Ahmed Sabe, M.D., medical director of Mercy Heart Center and co-director of Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center. “Mercy Heart Center’s Platinum Performance Achievement Award and our recent American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation, Mission: Lifeline Gold Performance Award, and Mercy ECPC three-year accreditation with PCI from the Society of Chest Pain Centers are evidence of our ongoing commitment to improving the quality of cardiovascular care and saving lives.”
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.
About Mercy Heart Center
Mercy Medical Center has a history of pioneering excellence in heart care. Nationally recognized as a heart care leader, the impressive list of “firsts” include the world’s first angioplasty performed in an emergency department, nation’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center and Stark County’s first Chest Pain Center certified to perform angioplasty 24/7. Mercy ECPC is home to a Cardiac Catheterization Lab where door to balloon angioplasty has been performed in less than seven minutes, dramatically reducing the time between heart attack and life-saving angioplasty. Mercy has been named a Top 50 Heart Hospital by Thomson Reuters five times and was named Best in Stark County for Coronary Angioplasty and Cardiac Surgery in the 2012 HealthGrades Report. Mercy Medical Center also received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation and is one of two in Ohio to receive the 2012 Mission: Lifeline Gold Performance Achievement Award. Mercy ECPC received full, three-year accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary interventions), or angioplasty, from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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