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Doylestown Hospital Receives American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR® ACTION Registry®–GWTG™ Silver Performance Achievement Award

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Doylestown Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2013 – one of only 130 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes Doylestown Hospital's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that Doylestown Hospital 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 Silver Performance Achievement Award, Doylestown Hospital consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry–GWTG for four consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures. 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).

Doylestown Hospital began submitting data to the ACTION Registry in January 2012. The Silver Performance Achievement Award is the highest level attainable for this duration of data collection. This recognition acknowledges the collaboration of nurses, physicians, staff and EMS personnel dedicated to improving cardiac care in the community.

"At Doylestown Hospital, we are continuously working toward a common goal of providing life-saving care for heart attack patients as quickly and efficiently as possible," said John Mitchell, LP, CCP, Executive Director of Cardiovascular Services at Doylestown Hospital. "Specialists from the Emergency Department, Cardiology, Cath Lab, cardiac nursing and process management contribute critical components to the overall success of the program. The high level of care is possible because of teamwork and the coordination of all our efforts."

"The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Doylestown Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols. 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," stated James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital and Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, ACTION Registry-GWTG Co-Chair and Chief of Cardiology at VA Boston Healthcare System, Senior Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

"The time is right for Doylestown Hospital to be 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," added Mitchell.

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. ACTION Registry-GWTG 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 STEMI and NSTEMI patients.

About Doylestown Health

Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 232 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.

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