Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Ocean Medical Center Receive American College of Cardiology Awards for Cardiac Care

May 30, 2016

Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Ocean Medical Center, both part of Meridian CardioVascular Network, have received awards from the American College of Cardiology for Cardiac Care recognizing their high standards of care for patients who have experienced a heart attack. Jersey Shore received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award and Ocean has received NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award.

The awards recognize their commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that both Jersey Shore and Ocean have 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 Performance Achievement Awards, both hospitals consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent 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.

“Meridian CardioVascular Network is dedicated to providing the best health care experience for patients who experience a heart attack,” says Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center and executive sponsor, Meridian CardioVascular Network. “The NCDR ACTION Registry awards received by Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Ocean Medical Center reflect the successful coordination of each hospital’s cardiovascular and emergency medicine teams in helping to save lives, and ultimately improve the outcomes of heart attack patients.”

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.

Meridian CardioVascular Network is anchored by physicians at the region’s leading academic medical center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and leading community hospitals for heart and vascular care, including Bayshore Community Hospital, Riverview Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, and Southern Ocean Medical Center. Meridian CardioVascular Network provides everything to diagnose, treat, and mend virtually all heart and vascular conditions. And, the network’s specialists are continuously among the first to provide remarkable treatment and surgical options.

The American College of Cardiology is a 49,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit ACC.org.

About Meridian Health

Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home care and hospice services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers that allow the full continuum of health care services to be offered locally. In May 2015, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network signed a definitive agreement to merge. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in NJ for clinical quality and nationally is the recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum. Meridian is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for six consecutive years. Earlier in 2015, Great Place to Work® and Fortune recognized Meridian Health as one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Health Care in the nation and the number one Best Place to Work for Women. Meridian is recognized for patient care and nursing excellence, including being the first health system in the country to achieve Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center at all of its original hospitals. Additionally, Meridian’s mission of training the next generation of health care professionals is vital to providing a foundation for sound health in our community. In 2008, Meridian Health launched a four-year nursing program in partnership with Georgian Court University. Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine has also honored Meridian as one of the nation’s 100 Most Wired Health Systems for 16 consecutive years. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. For more information, visit www.MeridianHealth.com.