DRMC Receives 2016 American College of Cardiology Performance Award

August 29, 2016

DRMC has received the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016. DRMC is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. This is the second year in a row DRMC has received this award. 

The award recognizes DRMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that DRMC 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 DRMC 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, DRMC 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, DRMC is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients."

DRMC's affiliation with Duke Health for heart care, which is ranked 5th in the U.S. by the U.S. News & World Report, allows us to continue to raise the level of care received by our patients. In addition, this award adds to a list of certifications and accreditations that DRMC has received including being the region's only designated Chest Pain Center and certified Primary Stroke Center. 

"As a hospital and healthcare system committed to heart health excellence, we want to provide the best heart care to the patients we serve", says Alan Larson, Market President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). "The collaborative work of our hospital and community partners to achieve this award has distinguished our hospital as a leader in emergency care and heart health. Only an elite group of hospitals around the country hold this recognition. Our patients can feel confident in our ability to provide life-saving heart care."

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.