INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan Health Indianapolis has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2016 and is among only 36 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes Franciscan Health's commitment and 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 clinical guidelines and recommendations.
To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, Franciscan Health consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures.
"We are honored to receive this award and the commitment of our outstanding team of physicians, nurses, and clinical staff is to always provide superior care for our patients," said Saeed Shaikh, MD, FACC, FSCAI, interventional cardiologist with the hospital's Heart Center and managing director of Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians. "Patients can take comfort knowing that they have access to the highest quality heart care in Indiana and the nation."
The Centers 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.
More recently, Franciscan Health received the Mission: Lifeline®Gold-Plus Award for surpassing quality measures in the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.