Trident Health Receives American Heart Association Platinum Award

  • Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Trident Health has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s Get With the Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012. Trident obtained this recognition for its quality care of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), and is one of only 164 hospitals in the nation to do so. Acute coronary syndrome is a term used for any condition brought on by sudden, reduced blood flow to the heart and is treatable if diagnosed quickly.
This award recognizes Trident’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It signifies that Trident and Summerville Medical Centers 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 science based clinical guidelines aimed at acute intervention and secondary prevention to save lives and improve outcomes of heart attack patients.
“This award is a testament to the ongoing breakthrough work our cardiac care team provides,” said Allison Walters, AVP of Cardiovascular Services at Trident Health.
To receive the GWTG Platinum Award, Trident consistently followed the treatment guidelines and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to  ACC/AHA Clinical Guideline recommendations, monitors drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non- ST- elevation myocardial infarction patients (NSTEMI).
Trident Health is an HCA health system comprised of two acute care hospitals – Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center – as well as Moncks Corner Medical Center. The Joint Commission recently named Trident Health to their list of the nation’s top hospitals for quality and safety. In 2011, Trident Health provided almost $45 million in charity and uncompensated care and contributed $38 million in taxes. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Trident Health is committed to providing quality health services along with wellness information and opportunities to the communities it serves. For more information about Trident Health, please visit our website at www.tridenthealthsystem.com or call 843.797.7000.

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