Mission Hospital receives award for excellence in care for heart attack patients

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From Mission Health:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2013) – Mission Hospital’s Heart Services has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s Platinum Performance Achievement Award for the second consecutive year. Mission Hospital is one of only 197 hospitals nationwide to receive this prestigious award.

The award recognizes Mission Hospital’s commitment to and success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients. It also signifies that Mission Hospital has reached an admirable goal of caring for patients according to the clinical standards set by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

“Whether a patient lives seven or 70 miles away from Mission Hospital, it is important for our community to know they are connected to exceptional caregivers,” said William T. Maddox, MD, FACC, Regional Medical Director of Mission Heart Services, and physician with Asheville Cardiology Associates. “Our physicians, nurses and paramedics have been trained to recognize and initiate emergency care, which not only saves heart function, but in many cases, saves lives. This award is evidence of the hard work and collaboration by our caregivers, who are ultimately committed to providing prompt, effective compassionate cardiac care to the people of western North Carolina.”

To receive the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Mission Hospital consistently followed rigorous treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to ACC/AHA Clinical Guideline recommendations, monitors drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST- elevation myocardial infarction patients (NSTEMI).

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 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 STEMI and NSTEMI patients.

“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Mission Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols. The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving the outcomes of heart attack patients,” said James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital in a joint statement with Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, ACTION Registry-GWTG Co-Chair and Chief of Cardiology at VA Boston Healthcare System, Senior Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

In addition to the two consecutive Platinum awards, Mission Health previously received the NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Award in 2011 and Silver Award in 2010.

About Mission Hospital
Mission Hospital, based in Asheville, N.C., is a not-for-profit hospital that serves as the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care in western North Carolina and the adjoining region. Mission Hospital houses the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Mission Hospital has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health.

Mission Hospital is the flagship hospital of Mission Health, recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems in 2012 and 2013 by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. Mission Health is one of only two medium-sized health systems to receive this recognition in 2012 and 2013 and is the only health system in North Carolina to achieve that distinction.

This year, Mission Hospital was also ranked as one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics for a record fifth consecutive year, and named as one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America” by Becker’s Hospital Review. Mission Hospital was further recognized nationally by The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems as one of North Carolina’s “Patient Picks” hospitals, was named a “Standout Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report and tied for second as one of “Business North Carolina’s Best Hospitals.” Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina also named Mission Hospital a “Cutting-Edge Hospital” for quality and expertise in the delivery of specific surgical procedures. Mission Hospital is licensed for 795 beds and employs more than 6,500 people, including over 1,800
RNs. Mission Hospital is committed to serving its community and improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org.

About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. Mission Health was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems in 2012 and 2013 by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. Mission Health is one of only two medium-sized health systems to receive this recognition in 2012 and 2013, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve that distinction.

Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates five hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub- specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system’s flagship hospital and is licensed for 795 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 9,500 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission- health.org.


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