Cardiac care at Bristol Regional Medical Center earns three distinctions from the American Heart Association

Bristol Regional Medical Center’s broad array of high-quality cardiac services continues to earn national recognition, reinforcing its status as a leader in health care.

The hospital recently received the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines gold achievement award for heart failure care and Mission: Lifeline gold plus recognition, as well as the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry – GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award.

Get With The Guidelines helps ensure consistent application of American Heart Association and American Stroke Association guidelines for patient treatment. The goal of this program is to improve outcomes by encouraging best practices and optimized treatment of heart failure, heart attack and stroke patients.

The gold award for heart failure care celebrates Bristol Regional for having 85 percent or higher adherence to Get With The Guidelines treatment guidelines in key areas for at least two consecutive 12-month periods. Patients have achieved desirable outcomes through the heart institute's HeartSUCCESS® program. It's a comprehensive program to manage heart failure, which affects more than 5 million Americans and 30 million people worldwide.

The Platinum Performance signifies Bristol Regional has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart attack patients to standard levels of care 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, Bristol Regional consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters. It also met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures.

Similarly, to earn the Mission: Lifeline honor, Bristol Regional achieved 85 percent or higher composite adherence to the program's quality achievement indicators for ST segment elevation myocardial infarction – or STEMI heart attack – referral centers for 24 consecutive months.

The hospital received additional recognition for achieving 75 percent or higher adherence to the 1st door-to-device time of 120 minutes or less (for transfers).

The honor comes on the heels of several other high-level accolades for Bristol Regional’s cardiac care, including its 2015 ranking in the nation’s top 10 percent for medical excellence in cardiac care from CareChex®, a division of Comparion that evaluates hospitals on multiple components of quality.