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Fall 2012 - Nationally Recognized Heart Attack Care

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The WakeMed Heart Center and its physicians, nurses and staff have much to celebrate. Actually, so do you. WakeMed recently received several major national awards for highquality heart attack care. These awards are more than "nice-to-haves." To you and your family, they mean you have access to extremely high-quality care and a greater chance of survival should you suffer a heart attack.

The awards are based on a hospital's ability to meet and exceed national standards of care as developed by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and other accredited organizations focused on constantly improving the care of heart patients. "These standards of care relate to the full continuum of care for heart attack patients - from the work performed in the fi eld by paramedics, to testing, treatment and education," explained Dr. John Sinden, a cardiologist with and director of WakeMed Heart & Vascular Physicians.

Mission: Lifeline Gold Quality Achievement Award for STEMI Receiving Centers
This honor confi rms WakeMed's ability to provide high-quality care in keeping with and often exceeding national standards of care for STEMI patients. WakeMed Raleigh Campus is qualifi ed to receive and treat patients suffering from ST-elevated myocardial infarctions (STEMIs). Only 25 percent of US hospitals are equipped to administer the kind of treatment STEMI patients need to survive.

"A heart attack is a myocardial infarction," explained Dr. Sinden. "A STEMI is a severe heart attack in which the artery involved is completely rather than partially blocked and a large portion of the heart is impacted." Because of its severity, a STEMI carries a greater risk of death or disability for patients.

STEMI patients require timely treatment. In fact, the standard is treatment within 90 minutes of arrival at the hospital.

The type of treatment required for STEMI patients comes in the form of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs).

“PCIs involve the use of a catheter to perform balloon angioplasty to open the blocked artery and/or to place a stent to keep the artery open,” said Dr. Sinden. These procedures are performed in a catheterization lab in the hospital. WakeMed Raleigh Campus has a full catheterization lab team onsite 24/7, ready to provide life-saving treatment. WakeMed is the only hospital in Wake County that has a cath lab team onsite 24/7.

Dr. Sinden emphasizes that PCIs are only part of the care continuum that is critical for STEMI patients.

“The work begins with the EMS providers, the fi rst responders to heart attack patients,” he said. “What they do for the patient and the information they provide to the hospital helps the Emergency Department and the Heart Center staff prepare to deliver immediate treatment when the patient arrives.”

He added that education on selfcare, nutrition and exercise after recovery are also important to a patient’s recovery and is subject to scrutiny by organizations awarding recognition.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry ACTION Registry® — Get with the Guidelines™ Platinum Performance Achievement Award
The name of this award is quite a mouthful. It is quite prestigious, too. The WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital are two of just 164 hospitals in the United States to receive this award. To put it in perspective, there are 5,815 US hospitals that are registered with the American Hospital Association. “These awards tell you a lot about a hospital that offers emergency care for heart attack patients,” explained Dr. Sinden. “At WakeMed, it shows the administration’s focus on creating a center of excellence for heart attack care. It also shows the commitment of the care team to saving more lives.”

WakeMed thanks Dr. Sinden and Dr. Lee Jobe of Raleigh Campus and Dr. Pratik Desai at Cary Hospital for their leadership in helping us achieve these honors.

The American Heart Association recognizes this hospital for achieving 85% or higher composite adherence to all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 24-month intervals and 75% or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving at least two years of 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines program quality indicators to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

High Honors for Heart Failure Care The WakeMed Heart Failure Program and its providers received the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award. Congratulations to the teams at WakeMed Cary Hospital and Raleigh Campus for reaching goals in treating heart failure patients.

More High-Quality Care Indicators WakeMed is pleased to announce the re-accreditation of the Chest Pain treatment program at the Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital and the recertifi cation of the Primary Stroke treatment program at both hospitals. Hospital programs are under rigorous scrutiny by national organizations that ensure they meet stringent national standards of care. Two of these organizations are the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC)

and The Joint Commission (JC). Every two years, the SCPC sends a surveyor to review the inner workings, staff and policies of WakeMed's Chest Pain Program at both the Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital. Similarly, the JC sends surveyors to review entire hospitals as well as individual programs. JC surveyors recently reviewed the WakeMed Primary Stroke Program at both of our hospitals. Like the awards, these accreditations and certifications indicate that WakeMed is meeting, and, in some cases, exceeding national standards of care and conforming to processes and policies that keep patients safe.

With Gratitude
WakeMed applauds the work of the many EMS providers, physicians, nurses and staff members who diligently provide care for heart attack patients that is nationally proven to save more lives. Our community is fortunate to have such highly committed professionals in its midst.