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Published on August 24, 2015

Saint Mary's Wins Gold Award for Heart Attack Care

Hospital Recognized for Quality Cardiac Care 7 Years in a Row

WATERBURY, Conn. (August 24, 2015) ─ Saint Mary’s Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry–Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2015. Saint Mary’s is one of only 78 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

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/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, Saint Mary’s Hospital consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG 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.

This is the second consecutive year that Saint Mary’s has received the ACTION Registry—GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, and the seventh year in a row that Saint Mary’s has been recognized by the American Heart Association with a Gold Award for providing quality cardiac care.

“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 is a proud achievement for Saint Mary’s Hospital. It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Dr. Paul Kelly, Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director of Cardiac Services. “The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving 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 49,000-member medical society that is 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 ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, go to ACC.org or visit Saint Mary's Cardiac Services page.

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