Forrest General Receives American College of Cardiology Performance Award
NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum award recognizes high standards of care
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (December 6, 2016) Forrest General has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016. Forrest General is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes Forrest General’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Forrest General has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology clinical guidelines and recommendations.
“This award is a proud achievement for Forrest General. It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Robert Wilkins, M.D., interventional cardiologist and director of Forrest General’s STEMI program. “The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team, emergency personnel, and EMS, and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”
To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Forrest General 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.
“Forrest General is dedicated to providing the best quality care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the nationally respected clinical guidelines of the American College of Cardiology helps our staff accomplish that goal,” said Thad Waites, M.D. “This makes the fourth consecutive year we’ve received this honor, and we are pleased to be recognized for our dedication. I know these efforts result in the best possible outcomes for our 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.
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.