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Monday, September 26, 2016 - HFM Receives American College of Cardiology Performance Award for the Second Year in a Row

For the second consecutive year, Holy Family Memorial has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award. HFM is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in Manitowoc County to receive the honor.

The award recognizes HFM’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that HFM 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, HFM consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards 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.

“Holy Family Memorial is honored to receive this award for the second year in a row award. We have an excellent team that works hard to deliver exceptional care to our patients and their families,” said Michael Wellner, Director of Cardiovascular Services and Specialty Clinics. “The implementation of these guidelines requires both emergency and cardiovascular personnel to work together as a cohesive team, which is a critical step in achieving better outcomes for 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.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Holy Family Memorial has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., FACC, FAHA, Chair, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair; 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, Holy Family Memorial is saving 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.

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