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Center honored for work in heart health

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LUMBERTON — Southeastern Regional Medical Center and its Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular have been honored for their commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.


Southeastern Regional Medical Center received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry ACTION Registry-Get with the Guidelines Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2013. The hospital is one of 130 hospitals nationwide to get the award.


The award signifies that Southeastern Regional Medical Center has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart attack patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.


To receive the award, the medical center consistently followed the treatment guidelines of the ACTION Registry-Get with the Guidelines program for four consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association’s Clinical Guideline recommendations, drug safety monitoring and the overall quality of care provided to ST-elevation myocardial infarction and non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients.


ACTION Registry-Get with the Guidelines is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. ACTION Registry-Get with the Guidelines empowers health care 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 Foundation and the American Heart Association commend SRMC and Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Dr. James Jollis, ACTION Registry-Get with the Guidelines vhair and professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital.”


“The time is right for SRMC to be focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care by implementing ACTION Registry-GWTG,” said Peggy Kirk, director of Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular. “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.”

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