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ValleyCare Receives Gold Achievement Award For Heart Attack Treatment

Hospital news | Thursday, February 9, 2012

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

Pleasanton, CA – ValleyCare Health System is only one of 167 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry® GWTG™ Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2011.

The award recognizes ValleyCare’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that ValleyCare has reached an aggressive goal in treating these patients per clinical guidelines and recommendations outlined by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

To receive the Gold Performance Achievement Award, ValleyCare consistently followed treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry® GWTG™ for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 85% for specific performance measures.

"The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commends ValleyCare Health System for its success in implementing these protocols and standards of care," said Gregg Fonarow, MD, FACC, FAHA, ACTION Registry® GWTG™ Steering Committee Chair. "Full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is critical in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients."

"The time is right for ValleyCare to be focused on improving quality of cardiac care by implementing these guidelines. The number of acute heart attack patients is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease along with an aging population," said ValleyCare CEO Marcy Feit.

ACTION Registry® GWTG™ is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians, Society of Chest Pain Center and the Society of Hospital Medicine. ACTION Registry® GWTG™ enables health care providers to consistently treat heart attack patients with the latest, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care for patients with coronary artery disease.