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Presbyterian Receives National Award From The American College of Cardiology Foundation

Release Date:

December 13, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Presbyterian Healthcare Services has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry’s ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012. Presbyterian is one of only 164 hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in New Mexico to receive the award.

The award recognizes Presbyterian’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that Presbyterian 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, Presbyterian consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guideline recommendations, monitors drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to patients suffering from heart attacks.

“This is a great achievement for the Presbyterian Heart Center and reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Charles Karaian, M.D., medical director of Presbyterian’s Heart Center. “The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of our heart attack patients.”

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 Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Presbyterian Heart Center offers a full range of cardiac services at Presbyterian Hospital and the Presbyterian Healthplex. Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,000 respected employees and growing.

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