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St. Vincent Healthcare: Receives American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR® ACTION Registry®–GWTGTM Gold Performance Achievement Award

November 12, 2009
St. Vincent Healthcare has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2009 – one of only 121 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes St. Vincent Healthcare’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that St. Vincent Healthcare has reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease patients with the highest level of compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, St. Vincent Healthcare consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry–GWTG for 24 consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and anticoagulants in the hospital. “The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend St. Vincent Healthcare for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Christopher Cannon, MD, ACTION Registry–GWTG Steering Committee Chairperson and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician in the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “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,” added Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, ACTION Registry- GWTG Steering Committee Vice- Chairperson and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “St. Vincent Healthcare has been focused on providing the highest quality cardiovascular care and this is yet another national recognition of our success. The number of heart attack patients’ lives we can save is expected to grow over the next decade due to the increasing incidence of heart disease and a growing aging population,” said Mike Schweitzer, MD, St. Vincent Healthcare’s Chief Medical Officer. Created by the merger of the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry® and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-CAD program, ACTION Registry–GWTG combines the best of both programs into a single, unified national registry. The new registry joins the robust data collection and quality reporting features of the ACTION Registry with the collaborative models, unique tools, and quality improvement techniques of the GWTG-CAD program. With the collective strengths of these two programs, ACTION Registry–GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patient 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 addition to the award, St. Vincent Healthcare has been invited to the Gold and Silver Recognition Award Ceremony being held at the AHA Scientific Session in Orlando, FL on Monday, November 16, 2009. About St. Vincent Healthcare St. Vincent Healthcare is a comprehensive system of award-winning healthcare services located in Billings, Montana. St. Vincent is a regional destination hospital which serves a four-state area and more than 900,000 people each year. A comprehensive range of services include a
Level II trauma Center, cardiothoracic and vascular medicine, comprehensive cancer services, family-centered maternal and child health – a Level III B NICU & Pediatric Intensive Care Unit – neurosurgery, orthopedics and the region’s most advanced diagnostic services. St. Vincent Healthcare is part of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. St. Vincent Healthcare’s quality, mission-driven, charitable healthcare has been in existence for more than 110 years. To learn more about St. Vincent Healthcare, visit www.svh-mt.org.