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Published on November 14, 2014

Saint Mary’s Hospital Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care

NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold award recognizes high standards

WATERBURY, Conn. (November 14, 2014) ─ Saint Mary’s Hospital has received the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR®) ACTION Registry—Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2014. Saint Mary’s is one of only 55 hospitals nationwide to receive this honor.NCDR Action Registry GWTG Gold Award

The award recognizes Saint Mary’s Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Saint Mary’s Hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association’s clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry—GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, Saint Mary’s Hospital consistently followed the treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

Saint Mary’s Hospital will be recognized for this achievement on Monday, November 17th at the 2014 Quality Achievement Awards, which will be presented during the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Chicago. This is the sixth consecutive year that Saint Mary’s has been recognized with a Gold Award for quality cardiac care from the American Heart Association.

“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend Saint Mary’s Hospital 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,” said James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital. 

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.

“This award reflects the hard work and dedication of staff in multiple departments who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families at Saint Mary’s Hospital,” said Paul Kelly, MD, Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director, Cardiac Services at Saint Mary’s. “The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step in saving lives and improving the outcomes of heart attack patients.”

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. 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 heart attack patients.

The American College of Cardiology is a 47,000-member medical society that serves as the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care. It also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit

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