Prince George’s Hospital Center Earns Third Straight Award for Quality Care of Acute Heart Attack Patients

Cheverly, Maryland, February 3, 2016 – Prince George’s Hospital Center (PGHC) recently received The ACTION Registry®–GWTG™ 2015 Platinum Performance Achievement Award for the quality care of acute heart attack patients. Platinum awardees were recognized for their consistency in meeting patient care guidelines for Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) patients at the highest level.

The award signifies that Prince George’s Hospital Center (PGHC) has, for four consecutive quarters, reached an aggressive goal of treating Acute Coronary Artery Syndrome with 90 percent compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA). Only 319 hospitals, out of the 900 participating in the National Cardiac Data Registry (NCDR), were recognized for platinum status. This is the second consecutive year that PGHC has earned platinum status; the hospital’s first award was silver status in 2013.

“This prestigious award recognizes our commitment to providing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients,” says Rajendra Shetty, M.D., medical director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Prince George’s Hospital Center. “This achievement is attributed to the hard work of our physicians, nurses and staff members in the Emergency Department and throughout the hospital who respond immediately to save the life of heart attack patients.”

The ACTION Registry®–GWTG™ is a risk-adjusted, outcomes-based quality improvement program that focuses exclusively on high-risk patients who have occluded coronary arteries. It helps hospitals apply ACC and AHA clinical guideline recommendations in their facilities and provides tools to measure care and achieve quality improvement goals. ACTION Registry–GWTG establishes a national standard for understanding treatment patterns, clinical outcomes, drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to high-risk AMI patients.

Prince George’s Hospital Center is a designated Cardiac Intervention Center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System for the treatment of acute heart attack patients. One of the designation requirements is participation in the ACTION registry that monitors data and outcomes of the heart attack patients treated in PGHC’s Catheterization Lab. The number one goal is to open a blocked artery within 90 minutes of the patient’s arrival to the hospital. Once the patient arrives, every minute is accounted for up to the time of the procedure.

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