Eau Claire earns awards for heart attack care

July 28, 2015

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire recently was recognized for exceptional care for heart attack patients by earning a gold award from the American College of Cardiology and a silver award from the American Heart Association.

“Every second counts when it comes to heart attack care,” says D. Fearghas O’Cochlain, interventional cardiologist. “We’re proud to be honored for our efforts to follow these treatment protocols that save the lives of some of our most seriously ill patients.”

American College of Cardiology

The ACC’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Achievement Award recognizes commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It signifies that Mayo Clinic 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.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire earned a gold award by following treatment guidelines in the registry for eight consecutive quarters and meeting a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures.

Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota, earned silver awards by following the registry for four consecutive quarters and meeting a 90 percent standard for performance measures.

American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline

Each year in the United States, about 250,000 people have a type of severe heart attack known as a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 911 call and continuing through hospital treatment.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire and Mankato earned silver awards for implementing specific improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Data submitted through ACTION Registry-GWTG is the basis for identifying award-level achievement.

“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, Mankato and Scottsdale for their achievement of these awards, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” says James Jollis, M.D., chair of both the ACTION Registry–GWTG and Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group.

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