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Mercy, Iowa Heart Center continue to provide nation's best cardiovascular care

December 15, 2009

Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines, in collaboration with Iowa Heart Center physicians and staff, was recently chosen as a recipient of the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR® ACTION Registry®–GWTG™ (Get With The Guidelines) Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2009. Mercy is just one of 121 hospitals nationwide selected to receive the award.

The award recognizes success in implementing a higher standard of care for patients with coronary artery disease and signifies adherence to American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations for the treatment of heart attack patients in certain key measures at least 85 percent of the time for the past 24 consecutive months. Recommendations include the aggressive use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin and anticoagulants in the hospital.

“Mercy’s participation in ACTION Registry®–GWTG™ reinforces our dedication to evidence-based medicine and adherence to national guidelines, as demonstrated by the exceptional clinical results we’ve achieved treating heart attack patients,” said Mercy President & CEO Dave Vellinga. “This award is another example of the world-class cardiovascular care provided at Mercy in collaboration with our Iowa Heart Center partners. Our ongoing commitment to the implementation of national treatment guidelines not only improves patient outcomes, but also saves lives.”

In 2008, the ACC Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry® merged with the AHA’s Get With The GuidelinesSM –Coronary Artery Disease program to form ACTION Registry®–GWTG™. The unified registry establishes national standards for understanding and improving the quality, safety and care for patients with coronary artery disease.

According to the AHA, approximately 565,000 people suffer from a heart attack for the first time each year and another 300,000 experience a recurrent heart attack. Statistics also show that within one year of a heart attack, 18 percent of men and 23 percent of women will die. By consistently following evidence-based recommendations–such as those provided by the ACC and AHA–Mercy provides high quality care and is making measurable progress in improving patient outcomes.

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Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

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