On Monday, May 21, Forrest General Hospital received the 2018 American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award.
The Pine Belt hospital is one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognized Forrest General’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signified Forrest General had reached an aggressive goal of treating patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
Forrest General received the award by displaying a sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for eight consecutive quarters and performing at the top level of standards for specific performance measures.
“I am pleased that our team at Forrest General is receiving this honor again, Thad Waites, MD, MACC, cardiologist said. “This marks the fifth consecutive year that we’ve proven to be leaders in the performance measures required by The American College of Cardiology. This is further proof of the communities we serve that we strive every day to provide the best quality care for the best possible outcomes for our patients.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year.
Deepak L. Bhatt, executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, says Forrest General does a great job at implementing standards and following protocols for treating patients who suffer heart attacks.
“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Forrest General has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Bhatt. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, Forrest General is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”