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Providence Alaska Medical Center Receives American College of Cardiology Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Oct. 15, 2009

ANCHORAGE, AK - Providence Alaska Medical Center has received a prestigious award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation's National Cardiovascular Data Registry. PAMC is one of just 121 hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in Alaska to receive the award, called the ACTION Registry-GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, for 2009. The award recognizes PAMC's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It signifies that PAMC 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.

"This award demonstrates that we are one of the outstanding performers nationally in caring for heart attack patients," said PAMC chief executive Dr. Richard Mandsager. "We are honored to be among this group of hospitals setting the gold standard for care. Alaskans should know that when they come to Providence, they are receiving outstanding care from a top-performing facility as measured by these national standards for heart attack patients."

The award is based on data from the last 24 months, and data is benchmarked against other facilities across the country. Data submission to the registry is voluntary and the registry collects more complete data around heart attack care than required registries such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"Participation in outcome monitoring and quality improvement programs requires dedication from both administration and clinical staff," said Dr. Stan Watkins, a cardiologist with the Alaska Heart Institute. "Providence has gone well beyond what is expected at most tertiary hospitals by hiring and supporting full-time, well-trained staff whose main job is to track, report and give feedback on cardiovascular outcomes to care providers. This strong dedication to quality patient care has fostered a unique atmosphere of continuous quality improvement in cardiovascular care. This award is a testament to and a result of the hard work of Providence's staff, and they should be commended."

To receive the ACTION Registry-GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, PAMC consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry-GWTG for 24 consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin and anticoagulants in the hospital.

"The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend PAMC for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols," said Dr. Christopher Cannon, chairman of the ACTION Registry-GWTG Steering Committee and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate physician in the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston.

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. With the collective strengths of these two programs, ACTION Registry-GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients 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.

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Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: www.providence.org/alaska<http://www.providence.org/alaska>.

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