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WMHS Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care


























Pictured are (from left) Elizabeth Wooster; Bill Hardy; Pam Hetrick; Kaitlin Koelker; John Pascuta; interventional cardiologist Christopher Haas, DO; Dr. Amit Kalaria, Emergency Department Director; Don Lloyd; Lacy Getz; Jamie Karstetter, Vice President Patient Care Services; and Doug Whitfield.

Western Maryland Health System has received the American College of Cardiologys NCDR ACTION RegistryGWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015.  WMHS is one of only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes the health systems commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that WMHS 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 ACTION RegistryGWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, the team at WMHS consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION RegistryGWTG 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 that over 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.
 
"This award is a proud achievement for WMHS. It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families, said Jamie Karstetter, Vice President of Patient Care Services at WMHS.  "The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.
ACTION RegistryGWTG 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.  The mission of the College 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.WMHS has received the American College of Cardiology Foundations NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2013 - one of only 130 hospitals nationwide to do so.  This award recognizes our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.  It signifies that WMHS has exceeded an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.  
 
Calling 911 at the first signs of a heart attack can save a life thanks to their commitment to quality cardiac care.