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Chest Pain Center Wins Silver Performance Award

Awards & Recognition San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry-Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2011 – one of only 94 hospitals nationwide to do so.

The award recognizes SJCH’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that the Chest Pain Center at SJCH 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 Silver Performance Achievement Award, SJCH’s Chest Pain Center consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry–GWTG for four consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 85 percent 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 (STEMI) and non- ST- elevation myocardial infarction patients (NSTEMI).

“SJCH is dedicated to making our cardiac unit among the best in the country, and this Silver Performance Achievement Award confirms that we continue to excel and to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said Stella Williams (pictured at right), SJCH’s Chest Pain coordinator, who recently earned the status of Certified Chest Pain Coordinator, the only one in Kern County thus far. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.”