St. Anthony Hospital Recognized for Treating Heart Attack Patients

To receive the NCDR ACTION Registry-Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Performance Achievement Award, St. Anthony Hospital consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry-GWTG for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 85 percent for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to ACC/AHA Clinical Guideline recommendations, monitors drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to patients suffering heart attacks.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend St. Anthony Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols. 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," Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, FACC, FAHA, ACTION Registry-GWTG Steering Committee Chair and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center and James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Co-Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital.

The time is right for St. Anthony Hospital to be focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care by implementing ACTION Registry-GWTG. The number of acute heart attack patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population," said Jeff Brickman, FACHE, CEO of St. Anthony Hospital.

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, Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Society of Hospital Medicine. 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.

About St. Anthony Hospital
St. Anthony Hospital is nationally recognized for its renowned programs in trauma, cardiovascular services, oncology, neurosciences and orthopedics. St. Anthony Hospitals expert team of physicians, nurses and other caregivers provide unparalleled medical care for patients and access to the latest in medical technology. St Anthony Hospital is part of Centura Health, Colorados largest hospital and health care network. For more information on the new St. Anthony Medical Campus, please visit www.StAnthonyHosp.orgor follow the hospital via Twitter @StAHospital and www.facebook.com/StAHospital.