Providence Alaska Medical Center receives award for cardiac care

August 22, 2017

Anchorage, Alaska — Providence Alaska Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2017. PAMC is one of only 193 hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in the state of Alaska to receive the honor. This is the sixth 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 award reflects the commitment of our caregivers to ensure patients who have suffered a heart attack receive the best care possible,” said Judy Ramos, director of the cardiovascular service line at Providence Alaska Medical Center. “Implementing these guidelines requires coordination between the cardiovascular team and emergency department and is a critical step to saving lives and improving patient outcomes.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 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 NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Providence has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry 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, MD, MPH, FACC, chair, ACTION Registry; 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.”

ACTION Registry 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.

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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. The college operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit ACC.org.