Date: 10/9/2009

Community Hospital is American College of Cardiology Foundation Gold Performance Achievement Award Recipient

Community Hospital is among only 121 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s 2009 Gold Performance Achievement Award for the outstanding treatment of heart attack patients.

The outcomes-based quality improvement award, presented by the National Cardiovascular Data Registry ACTION Registry® and the American Heart Association (AHA) Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG)-CAD programs, acknowledges Community Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It also signifies that Community Hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care, as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/AHA clinical guidelines and recommendations.

“Our focus has always been to bring the best healthcare to our community,” said Don Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital. “This award serves as a confirmation of that commitment to provide outstanding cardiovascular care through implementation of the latest evidence-based practices, such as ACTION Registry—GWTG, which is known to improve patient outcomes. We’re proud to be recognized for the quality of care our physicians and the whole team of medical professionals provide to patients at Community Hospital.”

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

ACTION Registry—GWTG represents a combination of two nationally recognized cardiac care guideline programs into a single, unified registry. The new registry takes the collective strengths of the two programs - ACTION Registry and GWTG — and provides a foundation for health care professionals to treat heart attack patients while using the most current, science-based guidelines. The registry also has helped to establish a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety, and outcomes of care provided to patients with coronary artery disease.

“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Community Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Christopher Cannon, MD, ACTION Registry—GWTG Steering Committee Chairperson and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician in the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“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,” added Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, ACTION Registry- GWTG Steering Committee Vice- Chairperson and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.