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2009 Press Releases
Mease Countryside Hospital's Heart Program Awarded
SAFETY HARBOR, Fla., (March 9, 2009)-- Consistent, assertive medical care of patients at high risk of heart attack has earned Mease Countryside Hospital a distinguished honor from the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association. The hospital and its emergency cardiac center have been awarded the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR (National Cardiovascular Data Registry) ACTION Registry®–GWTG™ (Get With The Guidelines) Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2008. The ACTION Registry-GWTG award is a national, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based quality improvement program that helps participating facilities measure and improve care for patients who are at high risk of heart attack. Mease Countryside Hospital is one of only 93 hospitals nationwide to receive this award.

“This award recognizes our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients,” said Lou Galdieri, M.H.A, B.S.N, administrator and chief operating officer, Mease Countryside Hospital. “It’s a tremendous achievement. The heart program at Mease Countryside was established a little more than a year ago. This honor acknowledges the dedication, enthusiasm and combined effort of our heart team.”

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award, Mease Countryside consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry–GWTG for 12 consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and anticoagulants in the hospital. The award signifies that the hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

“Coronary heart disease remains the single leading cause of death in America. The standard of care guidelines set forth by the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association are critical in saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” said Richard Sola, M.D., interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Mease Countryside Emergency Cardiac Center.

Mease Countryside Hospital began providing emergency cardiac procedures at Mease Countryside Emergency Cardiac Center in the fall of 2007. In addition to emergency procedures, the heart team also performs scheduled cardiac catheterizations. A catheterization is a diagnostic test that determines if blood is flowing properly to the heart.

Created by the merger of the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry® and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-CAD program, ACTION Registry–GWTG combines the best of both programs into a single, unified national registry. The new registry joins the robust data collection and quality reporting features of the ACTION Registry with the collaborative models, unique tools, and quality improvement techniques of the GWTG-CAD program. With the collective strengths of these two programs, ACTION Registry–GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patient according to the most current, science-based guidelines; and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety, and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk STEMI and NSTEMI patients – patients experiencing the most common and critical forms of heart attack.