WakeMed Receives Three Recognitions for Providing Quality Cardiac Care
RALEIGH, N.C. (November 12, 2012) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals has been recognized by the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline programs for success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart failure and STEMI (ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction) response and the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry - GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for heart attack care.
“We have worked diligently to coordinate care across our system and ensure cardiac patients are receiving the right treatments at the right time,” commented Betsy Gaskins-McClaine, vice president, Heart & Vascular Services. “For AMI and STEMI, it means quickly getting patients to the cath lab for intervention. For heart failure, it means a focus on educating patients about their condition, providing them with instructions following discharge from the hospital and encouraging the patient to make lifestyle changes. The result of these efforts is significantly better outcomes for the patient.”
Gaskins-McClaine continued, “WakeMed is committed to leadership in cardiovascular services. We maintain a fully staffed cath lab 24/7 every day of the year, so regardless of the day or time, patients are receiving the same rapid care and treatment. Additionally, 100 percent of the cath lab staff are RCIS (Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist) certified. These accomplishments represent the extraordinary commitment of our administration, physicians and staff to providing exceptional cardiac care for our patients, families and the community we serve.”
American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award
Both WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital have received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012 – two of only 164 hospitals nationwide to do so, as of 2012.
The award recognizes WakeMed’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that WakeMed 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.
Mission: Lifeline Gold Quality Achievement Award STEMI Receiving Center – WakeMed Raleigh Campus
WakeMed Raleigh Campus received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Quality Achievement Award STEMI Receiving Center. The award recognizes WakeMed’s commitment and success in implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients.
Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and, at the same time, improving care for all heart attack patients.
Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award
WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that WakeMed has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.
About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 8,300 employees, 1,000 volunteers, more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, and 150 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.