Mercy Joplin Receives Third Consecutive Heart Award

October 8, 2015

Joplin, Mo: (Oct, 2015) – Mercy Joplin has received the third consecutive American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015.

The award recognizes Mercy Joplin’s commitment in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that it 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, Mercy Joplin consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier 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 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 us here in Joplin. This is the third consecutive year we have received this recognition and It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Rita Stiles, Mercy STEMI/STROKE Program Coordinator “Putting these guidelines into action requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel as soon as the patient enters our care and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

The award recognition reception was held Monday September 28th in the Mercy Hospital Conference Center. Dr. Jahan Zeb, Mercy Cardiologist offered an educational talk, “Preventing Heart Attack”, free to the public.


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