West Jefferson Medical Center Receives National Award For Heart Attack Care

MARRERO, LA – West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016.

         The award recognizes West Jefferson’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that WJMC 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, hospital reps said.

         To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, West Jefferson 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, hospital reps said. 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.

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         “As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, West Jefferson Medical Center has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” 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, said. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, West Jefferson 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 recognition is a wonderful endorsement of the outstanding care provided to patients with heart attacks at West Jefferson,” Nancy R. Cassagne, president and CEO of West Jefferson Medical Center, said. “It reflects the successful coordination of our cardiovascular and emergency medicine team in helping save lives and ultimately improve the outcomes of the heart attack patients we serve in our region.” 

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