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CarolinaEast Medical Center Among Nation's Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

Hospital news | Friday, May 25, 2018

Contact: Megan McGarvey

American College of Cardiology NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Award recognizes high standards of patient care

(NEW BERN, NC) – CarolinaEast Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology's NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018. CarolinaEast is one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes CarolinaEast's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that CarolinaEast 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 Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, CarolinaEast has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards 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.

"As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, CarolinaEast has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients," said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, Chair, ACTION Registry; Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs, Brigham and Women's Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. "By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, CarolinaEast is saving lives and improving outcomes of 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.

"We are extremely proud of our quality outcomes in treating heart attack patients," said Ray Leggett, President and CEO of CarolinaEast. "Our region is very fortunate to have the caliber of cardiovascular providers we do."

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ACTION Registry 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.

"CarolinaEast is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the ACTION Registry program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines," said Susan Rouse, Outcomes Specialist at CarolinaEast Medical Center. "We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and continue to strive for improvements on a daily basis."

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members 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, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit acc.org.