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UPMC Susquehanna Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attacks

by UPMC Susquehanna

heart actionUPMC Susquehanna has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2018 for excellence in heart attack care. UPMC Susquehanna is one of only 37 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

“This award recognizes our team’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that they have reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients as outlined in the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations,” said Heather Haefner, administrative director, Heart & Vascular Services at UPMC Susquehanna. “I’m proud of the team for bringing this new level of care to the region and continuing to be innovative in their approach.”

By receiving the ACTION Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award, UPMC Susquehanna demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards 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.

“As a Gold Performance Award recipient, UPMC Susquehanna has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair, ACTION Registry; executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; and professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, UPMC Susquehanna is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

ACTION Registry 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.