Rush Foundation Hospital’s Cardiac Program Earns Recognition from Prestigious Organizations

MERIDIAN, MS...Rush Foundation Hospital leadership recently received notification from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry that they had received the 2014 ACTION Registry GWTG (Get With The Guidelines) Performance Achievement Award.  The NCDR® is the preeminent cardiovascular data repository, providing evidence-based quality improvement solutions for cardiologists and other medical professionals who are committed to measurement, improvement, and excellence in cardiovascular care.  ACTION Registry®–GWTG™ is a risk-adjusted, outcomes-based quality improvement program that focuses exclusively on high-risk STEMI/NSTEMI patients. It helps hospitals apply American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guideline recommendations in their facilities and provides invaluable tools to assist them in achieving their goal of quality improvement.

Rush Foundation Hospital consistently followed the treatment Guidelines in ACTION Registry ® GWTG ™ for four consecutive quarters in ACTION  Registry-GWTG and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures to receive this 2014 award.

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. 

Additionally, Rush Foundation Hospital’s Cardiac Program was one of only fifteen cardiovascular care programs in Mississippi to be recognized recently by the American Heart Association in the U.S. News and World Reports 2015 Best Hospitals Edition published on July 15, 2014.

In the special Best Hospitals Edition, Rush Foundation Hospital’s Cardiac Program was honored for being a Bronze Receiving recipient of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline ®quality recognition program.  In achieving the Bronze Receiving-level status the Rush Foundation Hospital program demonstrated compliance with quality measures designed to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients, those patients with ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarctions.  The term acute coronary syndrome (ACS) refers to any group of clinical symptoms compatible with acute myocardial ischemia and includes unstable angina (UA), non—ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), and ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). These high-risk manifestations of coronary atherosclerosis are important causes of the use of emergency medical care and hospitalization in the United States. 

Rush Foundation Hospital is affiliated with Rush Health Systems which headquartered in Meridian, Mississippi with healthcare facilities in East Mississippi and West Alabama.  In addition to Rush Foundation Hospital, the organization includes Specialty Hospital of Meridian, Medical Foundation, Inc., Rush Medical Group, Laird Hospital, Union, Mississippi, H.C. Watkins Hospital in Quitman, Mississippi, Scott Regional Hospital in Morton, Mississippi, John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital, DeKalb, MS, and Choctaw General Hospital in Butler, AL.