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Published on August 07, 2013

GMH earns award for cardiac care 

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Georgetown, S.C. --Georgetown Memorial Hospital has earned a prestigious award from the American College of Cardiology for its achievements in cardiac care, one of only 32 hospitals nationwide to earn the recognition.

The award, a GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2013, recognizes GMH for success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It signifies that GMH has reached a goal of treating patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To earn the award, a hospital must consistently follow certain treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and meet specific performance standards, including ones for drug safety and overall care.

“This award demonstrates the entire medical team’s continued commitment to excellence and patient care,” Julie Pope, director of the Cardiac Cath Lab, said. “Our continued focus on improving the quality of cardiovascular care by following these standards is reflected by this achievement. 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.”

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association. Treatment standards are based on 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.

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