Crozer-Chester Medical Center Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

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Published on October 24, 2014

Crozer-Chester Medical Center Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Mary Wascavage
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UPLAND, Pa. — Crozer-Chester Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014. Crozer is one of only 256 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

Crozer Cardiology Platinum Award

Crozer-Chester Medical Center
consistently followed the treat-
ment guidelines in ACTION
Registry®-GWTGTM for eight
consecutive quarters in ACTION
Registry-GWTG Premier and met
a performance standard of 90%
for specific performance mea-
sures to receive this 2014 award.

The award recognizes Crozer’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It signifies that Crozer 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, Crozer consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and met 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.

“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend Crozer 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,” says James Jollis, M.D., FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG chair and professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital. 

Ancil Jones, M.D.

Ancil Jones, M.D., chief of the Division of
Cardiology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center

Ancil Jones, M.D., chief of the Division of Cardiology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, explains that hospitals which follow these clinical protocols can greatly impact the recovery process for heart attack patients. “Implementing these guidelines means there is less of a chance that the patient will die from a heart attack,” he says. “They will have a shorter hospital stay and will recover faster with better heart function.” Jones adds that patients treated under these clinical guidelines are at less risk of complications such as heart failure, arrhythmia and a second heart attack.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention 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.

Jones points to Crozer’s team approach as a highly successful part of the process. “When a patient presents with symptoms of a heart attack, several departments come together quickly to identify the problem and get treatment started right away,” he says. “We all work together—from the pre-hospital emergency service, to emergency department personnel, hospital physicians, cardiac nurses and the Cath Lab team. We review team performance and patient outcomes regularly to identify any areas for improvement.”

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. ACTION Registry-GWTG 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.

“Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of mortality,” Jones says. “Its prevalence is substantial in our community, so these clinical protocols can greatly impact the lives of many people.”

The American College of Cardiology is a 47,000-member medical society that serves as 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 College operates national registries to measure and improve care. It also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit

Crozer-Chester Medical Center is a member of the Crozer-Keystone Health System. Crozer-Keystone is a leader in high-quality, patient-centered heart care, and was the first health system in Delaware County to perform open heart surgery and angioplasty. For more information about cardiology services at Crozer-Keystone, visit

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