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Chesapeake Regional Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care

September 10, 2014

CHESAPEAKE – Chesapeake Regional Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014. CRMC is one of only 256 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes CRMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that CRMC 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.

 “This is a proud achievement for CRMC and reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Ronald McKechnie, M.D., a CRMC-credentialed cardiologist who practices with Cardiovascular Associates, Ltd. “The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Chesapeake Regional 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. 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 American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend Chesapeake Regional Medical Center 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 James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital.  

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.

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Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center is an independent, community-focused organization providing technologically advanced health care to the residents of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Its Sidney M. Oman Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer care with the most advanced technology available, a radiosurgery services partnership with University of Virginia and Riverside Health System, and a fully dedicated Breast Center. It is home to a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center, the busiest Emergency Department in Hampton Roads, and The BirthPlace, which delivers more babies than any other community hospital in the area. Chesapeake Regional’s cardiovascular program has been nationally ranked, and its weight loss and sleep centers are nationally accredited. With more than 600 physicians, Chesapeake Regional remains one of the busiest hospitals in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Website: www.chesapeakeregional.com.

ACTION Registry–GWTG
ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. 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.

The American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is a 47,000-member medical society that serves as the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care. It also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit cardiosource.org/ACC.

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