NHRMC Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care

August 31, 2015

WILMINGTON, NC – New Hanover Regional Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. NHRMC is one of only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes NHRMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that NHRMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients 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, NHRMC consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier category for eight consecutive quarters. NHRMC also 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.

“We are proud of this award because it reflects the hard work and dedication of our physicians and staff who care for some of our most seriously ill patients. Implementing these guidelines requires successful coordination between the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and we are proving that these critical steps save lives and improve outcomes of heart attack patients,” said David Parks, vice president of cardiac and clinical support services.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 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.

“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend New Hanover Regional Medical Center 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.

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. Its mission 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, visit ACC.org.