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Published on September 19, 2014

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care

Darby, PA (September 19, 2014): Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital (MFH) has received the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry– Get With the Guidelines (GWTG) Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2014. Mercy Fitzgerald is one of only 139 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes MFH’s commitment and success in implementing and providing higher standards of care for heart attack patients as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

“Receiving the ACR’s NCDR-GWTG award for cardiac care signifies Mercy Fitzgerald’s dedication in providing the best possible care for some of our most seriously ill patients,” said Executive Director Susan Cusack. “This accomplishment exemplifies all the hard work of our staff, especially those of the cardiovascular and emergency teams, whose successful coordination and collaboration are critical in saving the lives and improving the outcomes of heart attack patients.”

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award, MFH consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG for four 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 Center for Disease Control 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.

“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital 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,” said James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital. 

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 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.

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

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