The George Washington University Hospital (GW Hospital) has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2021. GW Hospital is one of only 60 hospitals (less than one percent) nationwide to receive this 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 thrilled to achieve a gold level of excellence in the care of heart attack patients and to be among the best hospitals in the country for providing this high quality care,” says Kimberly Russo, Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of GW Hospital and Group Vice President, Washington, D.C. Region. “I commend our comprehensive heart attack care team for their ongoing commitment to ensuring the highest quality care and best outcomes for our patients. This recognition is a true testament to their expertise and dedication to excellence.”
To receive the Chest Pain – MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award, GW Hospital has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain – MI Registry for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020), and performed at the top level for 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 pandemic, heart attacks still happen and it is vital that individuals have access to efficient, comprehensive and high-quality care in order to have the best outcomes possible,” says Richard Katz, MD, Director of Cardiology and Director of the GW Heart and Vascular Institute. “Despite the challenges of this past year, our team has remained steadfast in their commitment to advance our care. I want to thank our interventional cardiologists, as well as our entire catheterization team for their dedication to saving lives and providing the best care to our patients.”
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, GW Hospital was recognized as one of the Best Hospitals in the Washington, D.C. region for 2020-2021.