The George Washington University Hospital (GW Hospital) has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2020. GW Hospital is one of only 124 hospitals — only two percent — nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes GW Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that GW Hospital 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.
"We are honored to receive this notable recognition as a national top performing hospital in cardiac care," says Kimberly Russo, Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of GW Hospital. "This achievement reflects our high standard of comprehensive, lifesaving care and our continued investment in advancing our services and programs to best serve our community. I am proud to see our multidisciplinary team’s dedication and commitment to excellence recognized nationally."
To receive the Chest Pain – MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award, GW Hospital had to demonstrate sustained achievement in the Chest Pain – MI Registry for four consecutive quarters during 2019 and performed with distinction in specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.
"During a heart attack, every minute matters and it is vital that individuals have access to timely, effective and personalized care," says Richard Katz, MD, Director of Cardiology and Director of the GW Heart and Vascular Institute. "As an academic medical center, we are committed to advancing medicine and our team is consistently looking for ways to help our patients achieve better outcomes. We look forward to continuing to strive toward higher and higher levels of care. I want to thank our interventional cardiologists: Dr. Jonathan Reiner, Dr. Ramesh Mazhari and Dr. Christian Nagy, as well as our entire dedicated catheterization team. Despite these challenging times with COVID-19, our excellent care has persisted."
Chest Pain – MI Registry empowers healthcare 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 heart attack patients.
In addition to this recognition, earlier this year GW Hospital was ranked as one of the ‘Best Hospitals’ in the Washington, DC region as well as a "High Performing" hospital in heart failure care by U.S. News and World Report for 2020-2021.