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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - Methodist Earns Highest Recognition Possible for its Aggressive Treatment of Heart Attacks
      Methodist Medical Center consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry®-GWTGTM for eight consecutive quarters in ACTION Registry-GWTG Premier and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures to receive this 2012 award.
Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge is one of only 164 hospitals in the nation to receive the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s 2012 Platinum Performance Award for implementing “a higher standard of care” for patients who have suffered a heart attack.   Methodist earned the organization’s Gold Performance Award in 2011.  The Platinum award is the highest level achievable.  

The award, known officially as the NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, also recognizes Methodist for reaching “an aggressive goal of treating these patients,” based on the most current, science-based guidelines established by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

“Methodist is honored to receive recognition from these highly respected organizations,” said Dr. Milan Sheth, a board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologist on the Methodist Medical Center staff. “We are deeply committed to preventing conditions that can lead to heart attacks and to diagnose and treat even the most critically ill cardiac patients.”

On average, patients seeking emergency care for a heart attack at Methodist are receiving life-saving interventions in less than 65 minutes – 25 minutes faster than national goal of 90 minutes.

Methodist’s cardiology program was also the first hospital in East Tennessee to offer a device that assists the heart and allows it to recover after surgery.  The left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, is considered the world’s smallest heart pump, and provides support for cardio septic shock and in high-risk procedures.  Transradials is another pioneering technique revolutionizing cardiac care delivery as an alternative to traditional cardiac catheterization.  A transradial procedure uses the wrist for the access port rather than the groin.  This approach increases patient comfort dramatically and reduces the risk of bleeding complications from the access site. 

The award is one way of demonstrating to the people in this community that they have convenient access to exceptional heart health services, Sheth added.  “The high level of care available at Methodist has saved many lives and improved the quality of life for numerous patients in our area.”

The time is right for hospitals to focus on improving cardiovascular care, according to Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, chairman of the ACTION Registry-GWTG Steering Committee and director of the cardiomyopathy center at UCLA. The two major reasons are the expected increase in heart disease and the large number of Americans who will join the ranks of senior citizens within the next decade.

 “The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Methodist Medical Center 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 Fonarow along with and James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Co-Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital.

The ACTION Registry-GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association, with support from the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society of Chest Pain Centers, and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

For more information about heart care at Methodist Medical Center, call 1-800-468-6767 or go online to