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Providence Alaska Medical Center receives American College of Cardiology Award for cardiac care

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ANCHORAGE, AK — Providence Alaska Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. PAMC is one of only 319 hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in the state of Alaska to receive the honor. 

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that PAMC 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 award. It reflects the hard work and dedication of the caregivers who treat some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Richard Mandsager, M.D., chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center. “The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.” 

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, PAMC consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent or better 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. 

“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend Providence Alaska Medical Center for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols. The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” said James Jollis, M.D., FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital. 

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.  
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About Providence Alaska Medical Center
Providence Alaska Medical Center, a nationally recognized trauma 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: alaska.providence.org

About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is a 49,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. For more information, visit ACC.org​.