Bethesda, Md.— Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2018. Located in Bethesda, MD., Suburban Hospital is one of only 95 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes Suburban Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Suburban 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 Silver Performance Achievement Award, Suburban has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for four 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, according to the American College of Cardiology.
“As a Silver Performance Award recipient, Suburban Hospital 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, Suburban Hospital is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”
“We are honored to be recognized for the high-quality care we provide to our cardiology patients, and it is a tribute to the many Suburban physicians and nurses who provide that care” said Eric Dobkin, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs at Suburban Hospital. “The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have been vital allies in helping us to carry out our mission to ensure all our cardiology patients receive the most advanced, life-saving care possible.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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.
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.