Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s
Lundquist Cardiovascular Institute has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG
Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2015. Torrance Memorial is one
of only 78 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes Torrance Memorial’s commitment and success in
implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies
that Torrance Memorial 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 Gold Performance Achievement
Award, Torrance Memorial consistently followed the treatment guidelines
in the ACTION Registry–GWTG for eight consecutive quarters and met
a performance standard of 90 percent 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.
“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association
commend Torrance Memorial 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 outcomes of heart attack patients,” said James Jollis,
MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology
at Duke University Hospital.
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 for Torrance Memorial. It reflects
the hard work and dedication of the staff who care for some of our most
seriously ill patients and their families,” said [HOSPITAL SPOKESPERSON].
“The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination
of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step
in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”