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Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare Receives Platinum Award for Treating Heart Attack Patients

Hospital news | Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

Pleasanton, CA (October 21, 2016) – Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare has received the American College of Cardiology's NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG (Get With The Guidelines) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016. The ValleyCare campus is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that SHC - ValleyCare 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, SHC - ValleyCare consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier 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 Platinum Performance Award recipient, Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients," said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., FACC, FAHA, Chair, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair; 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, Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients."

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.

"This award is a proud achievement and reflects the dedication and care of our staff who work so tirelessly for these seriously ill patients and their families," said Scott Gregerson, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare President. "The implementation of these guidelines requires consistently successful coordination among all team members and is a critical step in saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients."

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 is a 52,000-member medical society that is 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 ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit