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Geisinger-Community Medical Center receives National Award

Platinum Performance Award for cardiac care presented to only 197 hospitals nationwide


SCRANTON, Pa. – Geisinger-Community Medical Center (G-CMC) has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s ACTION Registry-Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award. G-CMC is one of only 197 hospitals nationwide to be awarded this distinction.

The ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award signifies that G-CMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart attack patients to standards outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical guidelines and recommendations. To receive the ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Award, G-CMC consistently followed the treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific operational measures.

“G-CMC is one of less than 4 percent of hospitals across the country to receive the Platinum Performance Award,” said Steven J. Voyce, M.D., co-director, Geisinger Heart and Vascular Institute, G-CMC. “We are incredibly proud to be awarded this distinction, which recognizes the system’s commitment to providing the highest level of cardiac care achievable nationwide.”

“The Platinum Performance Award affirms G-CMC’s success in creating a nationally recognized system for cardiac care,” said Anthony J. Aquilina, D.O., chief medical officer, G-CMC. “The Geisinger Heart and Vascular Institute at G-CMC has established standards and partnerships that distinguish the hospital from other health care systems both locally and across the country. We will continue to build on those foundations as we develop our strategy of how best to care for heart attack patients.”

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation 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.