St. Anthony Central Hospital Receives Triple Gold From the American Heart Association

This level of achievement as outlined by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology indicates St. Anthony Central Hospitals commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart disease and stroke patients and signifies an aggressive goal of 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care for treating coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure patients.

Statistics from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association reveal that each year, approximately 300,000 people suffer a recurrent heart attack, 5.2 million people suffer from heart failure and 700,000 people suffer a stroke.

According to Get with The Guidelines" treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, anticoagulants, antithrombotics and DVT prophylaxis. In the case of stroke, tPA is given when appropriate. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

Both John Altman, MD, heart program medical director and Richard Smith, MD, stroke program medical director have praise for the dedication and hard work of all the people who are responsible for elevating these programs to this high level of performance. Our programs could not function, let alone succeed, without the collaborative efforts and continued diligence of the many disciplines involved," said Dr. Smith.

Dr. Smith added, "Get With the Guidelines" makes it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcomes of our cardiac and stroke patients, and we are please to be recognized for our dedication and achievements."

St. Anthony Central Hospital is Colorados largest nonprofit Level I trauma center and home of Flight For Life Colorado, the nations first hospital-based emergency medical helicopter program. Located in Denver, Colorado, St. Anthony Central Hospital is a nationally recognized full-service health care organization with renowned programs in trauma, cardiovascular services, neurosciences and orthopedics. This faith-based hospital has served Colorado for more than 100 years. St. Anthony Central Hospital is part of Centura Health, which operates 13 hospitals, seven senior residences, medical clinics and home care and hospice services across Colorado. For more information on St. Anthony Central Hospital, please visit