Kansas City— St. Joseph Medical Center has earned the American College of Cardiology’s
NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award
for 2014. St. Joseph is one of only 256 hospitals nationwide to receive
The award recognizes St. Joseph’s commitment and success in implementing
a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that
it 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–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement
Award, St. Joseph 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 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 in
our community,” says Amy Mehaffey, RN, BSN, Regional Director of
Cardiovascular Services at the
Carondelet Heart Institute. “It reflects our commitment of caring
for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families.”
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.
St. Joseph Medical Center is a 310-bed hospital providing a wide range
of acute care and outpatient services from a 24-hour emergency department
to state-of-the-art cardiovascular care. St. Joseph has earned the Magnet
designation from The American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence
in nursing. Key services include the Carondelet Heart Institute, Women’s
Health Institute and Joint and Spine Institute. Consistent with its mission,
St. Joseph provides compassionate, quality healthcare with a special concern
for the poor. For more information, visit stjosephkc.com.