UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital Receives American College of Cardiology Performance Award

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UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR (National Cardiovascular Data Registry) ACTION Registry–GWTG (Get with the Guidelines) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016. St. Luke’s is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes St. Luke’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies St. Luke’s 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. Luke’s  consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier 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, St. Luke’s has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., FACC, FAHA, Chair, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair; 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, St. Luke’s 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.

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.

The American College of Cardiology is a 52,000-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, 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.

About UnityPoint Health® – Cedar Rapids
UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids is a senior member of one of the nation’s most integrated health systems in the Midwest, UnityPoint Health.  UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids consists of St. Luke’s Hospital, which has been nationally recognized six times as a Top 100 Hospital, has formed partnerships with more than 194 health care providers, 33 physician clinics and 3,000 associates.
UnityPoint Health –Cedar Rapids is committed to providing programs and services to improve the health of individuals throughout Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities and works towards innovative advancements to deliver the Best Outcome for Every Patient Every Time. Its centers of excellence include cardiac care, robotic surgery, obstetrics, neonatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, behavioral health, surgery, and trauma.