By Catholic Review Staff
St. Agnes Hospital in Catonsville has been recognized with three awards for quality care for cardiovascular and stroke patients.
The hospital recently earned recognition from the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry ACTION Registry – Get With the Guidelines, a cardiovascular care quality improvement program. The program awarded St. Agnes a Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012 after the hospital met the program’s performance standard by 90 percent or higher for eight consecutive quarters. St. Agnes was one of 164 hospitals nationwide to receive the award.
Additionally, the American Heart Association awarded St. Agnes’ Cardiovascular Institute a 2012 Bronze Award for its work as a cardiac interventional receiving center in ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) services, which address heart attacks that result from a blood clot suddenly blocking a coronary artery. St. Agnes maintained high rates of adherence to performance and quality care indicators.
The American Heart Association also recognized the work of St. Agnes’ Primary Stroke Center, which earned a 2012 Gold Plus Award for high rates on performance and quality indicators over a two-year period.
“We take performance and quality indicators very seriously, and these recognitions demonstrate our commitment to providing a program that is not only comprehensive from a service standpoint, but that also is structured and managed to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients,” said Adrian Long, the hospital’s executive vice president and chief medical officer in an Aug. 13 statement.