Providence Alaska Medical Center honored for quality care of heart attack patients

September 01, 2016
Anchorage, AK — Providence Alaska Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016. PAMC is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in the state of Alaska to receive the honor. This is the fifth consecutive year PAMC has earned the Platinum Performance Award.

The award recognizes Providence’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Providence Alaska Medical Center 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.

“This honor is a reflection of the commitment of our caregivers to provide the best care possible to seriously ill patients and their families,” said Richard Mandsager, M.D., chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center. “These guidelines require the collaboration of our cardiovascular team and emergency department to ensure patients experiencing a heart attack receive the critical care they need to improve patient outcomes.”

The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 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.

To receive the award, Providence Alaska Medical Center consistently followed the ACTION Registry–GWTG treatment guidelines 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, Providence Alaska Medical Center 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, 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, Providence is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

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About Providence Alaska Medical Center
Providence Alaska Medical Center, a nationally recognized trauma center, is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: alaska.providence.org.

About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is a 52,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. For more information, visit ACC.org.