Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Receive American College of Cardiology Awards for Cardiac Care

Four hospitals awarded for following high standards to treat heart attack patients.


Newswise — August 3, 2017 ― Edison, NJ ― Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel and Ocean Medical Center in Brick have received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry – Get with the Guidelines Platinum Achievement Award for outstanding care for heart attack patients.


The awards recognize our teams’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that all four hospitals have 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.


More than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year – that’s one heart attack every 44 seconds, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart.


“These awards reflect our teams’ outstanding protocols to provide heart attack patients with the most current, science-based guidelines to ensure the best recovery,’’ said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE and co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.


To receive the award, the hospitals must follow the treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation and cardiac rehabilitation.


“Our exceptional teams at each institution – from emergency medical services to cardiac surgery- are committed to working together to improve outcomes and save lives,’’ said Steven G. Littleson, FACHE and president of the Hospital Services Division and chief operating officer of  Hackensack Meridian Health.


ACTION Registry-GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association with support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. ACTION Registry-GWTG helps care teams treat heart attack patients with consistent standards according to the most current, science-based guidelines with the goal of improving quality, safety and outcomes.


ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children's hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.


The Network's notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For," one of the "20 Best Workplaces in Health Care" in the nation, and the number one "Best Place to Work for Women." Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.


The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children's hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.


For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.