St. Joseph Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's
NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award
for 2012 – one of only 164 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award
recognizes St. Joseph Hospital's commitment and success in implementing
a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that
St. Joseph Hospital 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. Joseph Hospital consistently followed the treatment guidelines
in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight 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 the overall quality
of care provided to ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-elevation
myocardial infarction patients (NSTEMI).
"The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart
Association commend St. Joseph 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,"
said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, FACC, FAHA, ACTION Registry-GWTG Steering Committee
Chair and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.
"Improving the quality of cardiac care is a top priority for us,"
said Kevin Lundon, vice president of operations for St. Joseph Hospital,
"So we feel the time is right to implement ACTION Registry–GWTG,
especially since we expect the number of acute myocardial infarction patients
eligible for treatment to grow during the next decade due to an aging
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 STEMI and NSTEMI patients.
About St. Joseph Health – St. Joseph Hospital
Founded in 1929, St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California, is a nationally
recognized, 525-bed, not-for-profit Catholic hospital dedicated to extending
the healing ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Fully accredited
by The Joint Commission and designated as a Magnet hospital for nursing
excellence, St. Joseph Hospital's reputation for clinical excellence
and compassionate, family-centered care draws patients from all over the
United States. This is one reason why St. Joseph Hospital was named one
of the top 20 hospitals in the Los Angeles/Orange County area by
U.S. News & World Report. With a highly recognized 1,000-member medical staff and more than 3,800
support staff, St. Joseph Hospital is home to more than 75 specialty programs,
including The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, the Heart and
Vascular Center and a nationally acclaimed Orthopedics program that has
been ranked among the top 50 in the nation by
U.S. News & World Report. Equally important is St. Joseph Hospital's dedication to caring for
the medically underserved through health education programs, a free-standing
medical and dental clinic, and mobile health vans. St. Joseph Hospital
depends on philanthropic support from the community to carry out its mission.
These efforts are coordinated through the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.