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Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital recognized for quality heart attack care

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Hospital Received Platinum Performance Achievement Award

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington has been recognized by the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry -- GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2013 -- out of 197 hospitals nationwide.

The award recognizes Good Shepherd Hospital's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Good Shepherd 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.

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"Good Shepherd Hospital has an intense focus improving the quality of cardiovascular care by implementing ACTION Registry -- GWTG, which overall means better patient outcomes," said Sunil Kadakia, MD, chief of Cardiology at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. "The number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population so this recognition shows our dedication to continually improving patient care."

To receive the ACTION Registry -- GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, hospitals must consistently follow treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry -- GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and must meet a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to ACC/AHA Clinical Guideline recommendations, monitors drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to ST-elevation myocardial infarction and non- ST- elevation myocardial infarction patients.

ACTION Registry -- GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. 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.

For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep.

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