Tidelands Georgetown Memorial earns national award for cardiac care
July 29, 2015
For the third consecutive year, Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital has earned a prestigious award from the American College of Cardiology for achievement in cardiac care.
Tidelands Georgetown is one of only 78 hospitals nationwide to earn the Get with the Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2015. The award recognizes the hospital for success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.
Specifically, the award honors Tidelands Georgetown for reaching 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 gold performance achievement award, a hospital must consistently follow certain treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and meet specific performance standards, including standards for drug safety and overall care. 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.
“The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of our heart attack patients,” said Julie Pope, director of Tidelands Georgetown Memorial’s cardiac catheterization lab.
“Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines. We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”
According to statistics from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, heart disease was the second-leading cause of death in Georgetown County in 2013. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack every year.
ACTION Registry–Get with the Guidelines 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 establish a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease.