Holston Valley and Bristol Regional Receive American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care

ACTION Registry recognizes success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients

Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center have received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry – GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. They are two of only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Holston Valley and Bristol Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that they have 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 ACTION Registry – GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, both hospitals 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. 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.

The Center for Disease Control estimates 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.

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.