ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Presbyterian Hospital* recently received several awards from two national organizations for providing efficient, quality care for heart attack and stroke patients.
Each year, more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke. For these patients, seconds matter and receiving timely and efficient care can have a significant impact on both survival and quality of life moving forward.
"Presbyterian strives to provide the best care possible for heart attack and stroke patients," said Robert Federici, MD, medical director, Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Services. "Participating in these recognition programs ensures we are performing at the highest level possible and meeting national standards of care."
The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognized Presbyterian Hospital with the following 2018 awards:
American College of Cardiology's National Cardiovascular Data Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award recognizing sustained performance at the top level of standards for specific performance measures as outlined by the American College of Cardiology.
American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline STEMI Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award distinguishing Presbyterian's delivery of quality care for the most high-risk, sensitive heart emergencies.
American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award for quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award recognizing Presbyterian's dedication to up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
"It takes everyone working together to achieve positive outcomes for our patients," added Federici. "Having an ambulance service aligned with our hospital-based care teams has been critical in reducing the time it takes for a heart attack or stroke patient to be identified, transported and then triaged as quickly as possible through our Emergency Departments into the Cath Lab or operating room."
*Combined data from all three Presbyterian Central New Mexico hospitals were submitted under the umbrella of Presbyterian Hospital.
About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state's largest private employer with more than 11,000 employees.