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UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Among Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

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Sioux City, Iowa – UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2017. St. Luke’s is one of only 193 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 that 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 Platinum Performance Achievement Award, St. Luke’s 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.  

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 very proud to be named among the nation’s top centers for heart care. The Platinum Performance Award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our cardiology team, whose efforts are making a difference in the lives of our heart patients, and more importantly, saving lives,” says Leah Glasgo, Chief Operating Officer for UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s. “St. Luke’s is pleased to be the best place for heart care in the Siouxland region.”

“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, 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, St. Luke’s is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”  

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.