OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois - Franciscan Health Olympia Fields today announced that it has received the American College of Cardiology's NCDR ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2018. Franciscan Health Olympia Fields is one of only 95 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
"This award recognizes Franciscan Health's ongoing commitment and sustained success in delivering a higher standard of care for heart attack patients," said Patricia Peele, MS, RN, Franciscan Health Director of Cardiovascular Services in South Suburban Chicago. "The Silver Award is a result of the hard work and dedication of the entire cardiovascular care team to assure the consistent delivery of evidence based care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations."
To receive the ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award, Franciscan Health has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for four 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 Silver Performance Award recipient, Franciscan Health 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, Franciscan Health is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients."
The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 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.
ACTION Registry empowers healthcare 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.
The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members 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, visit acc.org.