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Southwest General Receives Platinum Award for Heart Attack Care

Caroline Fienga
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Middleburg Heights, OH (Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015) – Southwest General has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR® ACTION Registry®—Get With The Guidelines™ (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for the third consecutive year. Southwest General is one of only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

This award recognizes Southwest General’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It signifies that Southwest General 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.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, hospitals must consistently follow the treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and meet a performance standard of 90 percent 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.

“This award, the highest recognition available, is a proud achievement for Southwest General,” said Thomas A. Selden, FACHE, president and CEO, Southwest General. “It not only reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff but also recognizes the hospital for our continuous high standards for quality of care for heart attack patients in our communities.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 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 bloodflow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others. 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 heart attack patients.

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

The NCDR is the preeminent cardiovascular data repository, providing evidence-based quality improvement solutions for cardiologists and other medical professionals who are committed to measurement, improvement and excellence in cardiovascular care.

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. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit

About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 358-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves.