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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Franciscan St. Francis Health earns national heart care performance recognition

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health’s nationally recognized heart attack team has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s 2012 National Cardiovascular Data Registry-Get With the Gold Performance Achievement Award – one of only 26 hospitals nationwide to do so.

The award recognizes Franciscan St. Francis’ commitment and continued success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies the hospital 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 (ACC/AHA) clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the award, Franciscan St. Francis consistently followed the treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to ACC/AHA recommendations, monitors drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to ST-elevation myocardial infarction and non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients.

“Franciscan St. Francis Health has been and continues to be focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care by setting the standards,” said William Berg, MD, medical director of Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center. “The number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a growing aging population.”

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, Franciscan St. Francis Health consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry–GWTG for 24 consecutive months. These include consistent, evidence-based use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and anticoagulants in the hospital.