CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Westover Hills Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care July 29, 2015

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Westover Hills (CSRH-WH) has been recognized for its outstanding care of cardiac patients by receiving the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2015.

CSRH-WH is one of only 91 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes CSRH-WH’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that the 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.

“The coordination between our cardiovascular team and emergency personnel who follow these guidelines is improving the outcomes of heart attack patients and is a critical step in saving lives,” said Dr. Michael Barnett, Chief of Cardiology, CSRH-WH. “The outcomes of care are getting better for patients with coronary artery disease, as well as high-risk heart attack patients.”

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award, CSRH-WH consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG for four consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Westover Hills 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,” said James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital.

The Center for Disease Control estimates more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. 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.

“This award is a proud achievement for our cardiac specialists, nurses, doctors, and Associates. It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Jeff Bourgeois, FACHE, president and administrator, CSRH - WH.

Besides the ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award, CSRH-WH is also an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, which ensures that patients who arrive at the Hospital complaining of chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack receive the treatment necessary during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved.