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Prairie Lakes Receives Top Honors for Heart Attack Care

Jan 05, 2014 09:53PM ● By MED Editor

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2013. It was one of only 197 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award signifies that Prairie Lakes has reached an aggressive goal of treating these heart attack patients according to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) clinical guidelines and recommendations.

 To earn the award, Prairie Lakes consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for 8 consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to  ACC/AHA Clinical Guideline recommendations, monitors drug safety, and enhances the overall quality of care provided to ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-STEMI patients.

“The time is right for Prairie Lakes to be focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care by implementing ACTION Registry–GWTG,” said Prairie Lakes Cath Lab Director Leah Le. “The number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population.”

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 STEMI and NSTEMI patients.

“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Prairie Lakes Healthcare System for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” stated James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital. “The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline—recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.