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Metro Health Hospital Receives National Award for Heart Attack Care

B15122_ACTION_PLAT_200 copyMetro Health Hospital again has received a national award for its exceptional care in treating heart attack patients – this time, it’s platinum.

The hospital was recognized with a 2015 Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry ACTION Registry “Get with the Guidelines” program, or GWTG. This is Metro Health’s first Platinum Award from the program, which has recognized the hospital with a Silver Award each of the past four years.

ACTION Registry GWTG is a national standard of quality for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients. The Platinum Award recognizes Metro’s commitment and success in implementing this higher standard of care for heart attack patients according to levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association clinical guidelines.

The guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery and cardiac rehabilitation. Metro Health consistently met or exceeded performance standards for eight consecutive quarters to be eligible for this award.

In an effort to deliver excellent care to all heart-attack patients, Metro Health:

  • Uses standardized admission orders for all patients experiencing chest pains and related symptoms that would indicate a heart attack
  • Provides smoking cessation information to all patients upon admission, whether they smoke or not
  • Uses standardized discharge instructions

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