Durham Regional recognized for heart attack care

Durham Regional Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–Get With The Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012–one of only 164 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes Durham Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies the 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 Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Durham Regional consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines increases adherence to ACC/AHA clinical guideline recommendations, monitors drug safety and improves the overall quality of care provided to ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) patients.

“Durham Regional is proud to offer excellent care for heart emergencies,” says Michael Komada, MD, board certified interventional cardiologist. “Our multidisciplinary team comes together after caring for every patient to evaluate our performance and see if there are any areas for improvement. The fact that we are nationally recognized every year, but continue to work on ways we can improve, shows how committed we are to delivering the absolute best possible outcomes for our patients.”

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with support from the American College of Emergency Physicians, Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Society of Hospital Medicine. ACTION Registry–GWTG empowers healthcare 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 STEMI and NSTEMI patients.

In 2011, Durham Regional received the ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award. Gold represented eight consecutive quarters of following treatment guidelines and reaching a performance standard of 85 percent for specific performance measures. This year, by receiving Platinum, Durham Regional achieved the same goals, but met a performance standard of 90 percent.

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