JPMC, Cardiologists Earn Gold Award for Heart Care
Jane Phillips Medical Center and BlueStem Cardiology have again been recognized for outstanding heart care by earning another Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The honor is part of the American College of Cardiology’s “Get With The Guidelines (GWTG)” program and recognizes a commitment to and success in meeting the ACC’s “Best Practices” standards for the treatment heart failure.
“The first time we received this award, it really was a major accomplishment for the hospital and our hospital cardiology practice,” said Gary Dykstra, DO, BlueStem Cardiology. “And it is this time as well. The ACC set a high standard when they wrote these guidelines several years ago and it requires a close integration with the cardiologists and the hospital to achieve these goals.”
To earn the designation, JPMC and BlueStem Cardiology achieved 85 percent compliance in providing high levels of clinical care over 24 consecutive months from January 2012 to December 2013.
Dykstra credited the cardiology staff at the hospital including Cath Lab personnel, cardiology nurses, office staff, and midlevel providers as well as ambulance crews and all of those who work in the Emergency Department.
“For the community of Bartlesville and the surrounding area this means the availability of excellent cardiovascular care for both inpatient and outpatient settings,” Dykstra said.
Jane Phillips Medical Center also continues to exceed both state and national averages for treating heart attack patients who come through the Emergency Room. In 2013, JPMC treated 33 heart attack patients and 31 of those were treated in less than the national target of 90 minutes. The average “door-to-balloon” time was 66 minutes.
According to national guidelines developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, hospitals should complete emergency “balloon” procedures in 90 minutes or less from the time heart attack patients arrive at the facility. The 90-minute span is known as “door-to-balloon time” or “D2B.”
“We remain committed to excellence in heart care,” said David R. Stire, President/COO. “The number of acute heart attack patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population. JPMC and BlueStem Cardiology remain dedicated to delivering quality heart care close to home,” Stire said.