Northwest Regional Heart Center Excelling at Quality Outcomes

August 18, 2011

8/18/2011 - Northwest Regional Heart Center Excelling at Quality Outcomes

Adventist Health’s Northwest Regional Heart Center is one of the few hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s National Cardiovascular Data Action Registry–Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Performance Achievement Award. Adventist Medical Center (AMC) is one of only two accredited chest pain centers in Oregon.

The award recognizes AMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that AMC 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, AMC consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry–GWTG for 8 consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 85% for specific performance measures.

“Providing the right care at the right time for every patient continues to be our goal at AMC,” states Tom Russell, president and CEO of AMC. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to ACC/AHA Clinical Guideline recommendations, monitors drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non- ST- elevation myocardial infarction patients (NSTEMI).

The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients. The award highlights AMC’s efforts to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines. It also 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 STEMI and NSTEMI patients.

“The Northwest Regional Heart Center is focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care by implementing ACTION Registry–GWTG. The number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population,” says Brad Titus, MD, cardiovascular medical director of AMC’s Northwest Regional Heart Center.

About Adventist Medical Center (AMC)

Adventist Medical Center (AMC), located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.

Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system with nearly 20,000 employees serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 17 hospitals, more than 130 physician and rural health clinics, 14 home care agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.

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