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Aspirus Wausau Hospital Receives Award for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

Aspirus Wausau Hospital (AWH) has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018. AWH is one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes AHW’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It also signifies that AWH has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients in accordance with clinical guidelines and recommendations as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association.

Recognized organizations strictly adhere to the treatment guidelines established by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association for both STEMI (complete blockage of a coronary artery) and NSTEMI (partial blockage) heart attack patients.

“Aspirus Wausau Hospital is proud to be a leader in the treatment of heart attack patients,” said Darrell Lentz, president of Aspirus Wausau Hospital. “This award recognizes our commitment to the highest patient care standards and the exceptional outcomes we achieve in serving our communities.”

To receive the ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, AWH demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for eight consecutive quarters and performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.