Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, has received the American College of Cardiology Foundations NCDR ACTION RegistryGWTGTM Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014 one of 256 hospitals nationwide to do so, according to a news release.
The award recognizes Parklands commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It also signifies Parkland 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, according to the release.
To receive this award, Parkland consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION RegistryGWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures, according to the release. 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. In 2013, Parkland received a silver award from the cardiology foundation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. Last year, Parkland treated 127 heart attack patients, according to the release.