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American College of Cardiology awards Medical Center of the Rockies with highest honors

For immediate release: Nov. 25, 2013

Randi Freeman, 970.237.7107,

American College of Cardiology awards Medical Center of the Rockies with highest honors

Medical Center of the Rockies is one of fewer than 200 hospitals nationwide to be recognized for having a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation recently awarded the National Cardiovascular Data Registry ACTION Registry - Get with the Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award to the Loveland hospital, which specializes in heart and trauma care.

This honor signifies that MCR has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

Among the standards that are measured are:

• "Door to balloon" times, or the amount of time between a heart attack patient's arrival at the hospital to the time they receive angioplasty to restore blood flow to their heart.
• Care strategies for patients, which include medications such as aspirin, beta-blockers and statins.
• Post-heart attack strategies, which include smoking cessation counseling, education and cardiac rehabilitation.

MCR consistently followed the treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures.

At MCR, the average door-to-balloon time for acute heart attack patients is 43 minutes, less than half the national goal of 90 minutes. Approximately 29 percent of patients had a door-to-balloon time of less than 30 minutes. Lower door-to-balloon times equate to less heart damage, decreased complications and a return to normal activities after a heart attack.

Full implementation of these guidelines is critical in saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients, according to Dr. James Jollis, the chairman of the ACTION Registry-GWTG program.

"The time is right for Medical Center of the Rockies to focus on improving the quality of cardiovascular care by implementing these guidelines," said Dr. J. Bradley Oldemeyer, director of the MCR cardiac catheterization laboratory. "The number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade because of the increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population."

This is the second major heart care recognition MCR has received from the American Heart Association for its excellence in quality care for people experiencing heart attack this year. In May, the association awarded MCR with the Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation. The accreditation program recognizes centers that meet or exceed quality of care measures for people experiencing the most severe type of heart attack.

About ACTION Registry-GWTG

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 STEMI and NSTEMI patients.

About University of Colorado Health

University of Colorado Health is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. University of Colorado Health combines Memorial Health System, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group (formerly Poudre Valley Medical Group), and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to building a healthier community and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

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