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Awards & Accolades

WakeMed Achieves Top Honors for Heart Failure
WakeMed is proud to have achieved top honors from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart failure patients. WakeMed Raleigh Campus received the 2015 Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award, while WakeMed Cary Hospital received the 2015 Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll recognition. Learn more.

American Heart Guidlines

WakeMed Receives Top International Rating for Cardiothoracic Surgery

WakeMed is among the 12 to 15 percent of the 1,100 international hospitals involved in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Database™ to receive a “3-star” rating for quality of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. A 3-star rating is the highest rating a hospital can achieve. Additionally, WakeMed exceeded the STS mean participant score in four of the five categories – overall rating, absence of mortality, absence of morbidity and medications for the January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 rating period. The STS developed a comprehensive rating system – the STS National Database™ -- in 1989.  Its focus was and still is quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. WakeMed joined the initiative in 2001. The STS National Database™ is now international and is considered the gold standard for clinical registries. 


WakeMed Raleigh Campus, Cary Hospital Receive American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care
NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Award Recognizes High Standards

WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital each received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. Only 319 hospitals nationwide received this honor. The award recognizes WakeMed Raleigh Campus' and Cary Hospital's commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that we have 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.

Heart Failure Accreditation

WakeMed Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital are accredited in Heart Failure care by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). To receive Heart Failure Accreditation, both hospitals engage in a rigorous reevaluation and refinement of their cardiac care processes every four years in order to integrate the healthcare industry’s successful practices and newest paradigms into their processes for the care of heart failure patients.

Recognizing that heart failure is a leading cause of mortality in the United States, WakeMed knows its status of Heart Failure Accreditation demonstrates its commitment to effectively managing the increasing numbers of heart failure patients presenting to emergency departments. By being Heart Failure Accredited, both hospitals have enhanced the quality of care for heart failure patients and demonstrated their commitment to higher standards.

U.S. News & World Report: High Performing Ratings 

In 2015, WakeMed Raleigh Campus was rated "High Performing in Heart Bypass Surgery and Heart Failure" by U.S. News & World Report, and WakeMed Cary Hospital was rated "High Performing for Heart Failure." Of the 4,665 hospitals that were rated in the initial release of Best Hospital for Common Care, only 16 percent achieved a "High Performing" rating in any of the five procedures and conditions that were evaluated. 

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WakeMed Recognized for High Quality Cardiac Care
WakeMed Health & Hospitals has been named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Research shows that Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications following certain cardiac procedures and lower rates of healthcare associated infections, compared with their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient for those same procedures.

Blue Cross Distinction

Cardiovascular Specialists Certification
100 percent of Raleigh Campus cath lab staff are now Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialists. This Certification is a formal recognition of specialized knowledge, skill and training that enables us to promote quality outcomes for our patients.

cath Lab Certification 2013

Hospital Accreditation: Joint Commission

WakeMed is proud to be Joint Commission accredited healthcare provider. The Joint Commission is a healthcare accrediting agency with strict rules and regulations participating organizations must follow to ensure they are providing the best healthcare in safe facilities following best practices.

Joint Commission standards dictate security requirements, size of doorways, surgical process and procedures, physician documentation and much, much more. Comprehensive surveys are conducted every three years.

Raleigh Campus, Cary Hospital, WakeMed North, Apex Healthplex, Brier Creek Healthplex and all WakeMed outpatient facilities are all Joint Commission accredited.

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STEMI Silver Quality

WakeMed Cary Hospital has been honored with the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Referring Center- SILVER Level Recognition Award. To receive this distinction, WakeMed Cary Hospital consistently followed American Heart Association’s treatment guidelines for four consecutive quarters, meeting performance standards and measures to ensure STEMI, or heart attack, 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.

STEMI Silver Quality

Two Dedicated Chest Pain Centers

WakeMed Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital are Chest Pain Centers certified by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Being a designated Chest Pain Center, reinforces that the processes and procedures used by our team of highly skilled and dedicated professionals ensure rapid diagnosis and fast appropriate care, offering our patients the best care and chance to avoid or minimize the damage from a heart attack



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