Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) and its Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute team have received the American College of Cardiology's NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2016. PRMC is one of only 36 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Peninsula Regional's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that PRMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, Peninsula Regional consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG for eight consecutive quarters and has 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.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center's award-winning heart and vascular program has become one of the busiest heart hospitals in Maryland. Its Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute offers patients a level of care that parallels what is provided at other facilities serving major metropolitan areas.

The Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute offers a comprehensive, highly technological, state-of-the-art cardiac and vascular care program that includes minimally invasive surgical approaches such as (EVAR) Endovascular Aortic Repair, (TAVR) Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement and daVinci Surgical System Robot-assisted heart surgery; cardiac surgery; valve surgery; a comprehensive electrophysiology program; an interventional/ non-interventional cardiology program; and the most comprehensive and largest cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation program in the Mid-Atlantic. Peninsula Regional Medical Center is the only hospital performing TAVR on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

"As a Gold Performance Award recipient, Peninsula Regional Medical Center has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients," said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., FACC, FAHA, Chair, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair; Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs, Brigham and Women's Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. "By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, Peninsula Regional is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients on the Delmarva Peninsula."

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.

"This recognition from the American College of Cardiology Foundation (NCDR) validates our comprehensive services and quality care for cardiac patients in this region," said Jeanne Ruff, MS, FAACVPR, Executive Director of the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute. "We're also honored to have been recognized as the region's Cardiac Interventional Center for the treatment of heart attack patients by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems."

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology 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 heart attack patients.

To learn more about the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, please call 410-543-7123 or 1-800-955-0202 or visit our website at www.peninsula.org.