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Monday, August 21, 2017 - Holy Family Memorial among nation’s top performing hospitals For treatment of heart attack patients

American College of Cardiology NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Award recognizes high standards of patient care

For the third consecutive year, Holy Family Memorial has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2017. Holy Family Memorial is one of only 193 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor as one nation's best for treating heart attacks

The award recognizes Holy Family Memorial’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Holy Family Memorial 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.

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.

To receive the ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Holy Family Memorial has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry 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.

“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, 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, Holy Family Memorial is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

“This is a great accomplishment for Holy Family Memorial,” said Michael Wellner, Director of Cardiovascular Services and Specialty Clinics. “We’re happy to add it to the list of recent heart health achievements and will continue to deliver exceptional care to our patients, and improve heart health awareness and patient outcomes.”

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