Providence Earns National Honors for Excellence In Heart And Stroke Care

August 31, 2010

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon patients needing excellent heart and stroke services have one of the best providers in the nation. Providence received the honor from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The organizations give the award to hospitals that provide patients with sustained, high quality care.

Providence Portland and Providence St. Vincent medical centers have received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR Action Registry-GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2010 - two of only 135 hospitals nationwide to do so.

What's it mean to patients? The 2010 recognition signifies that the two Providence facilities have reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease patients with 85 percent compliance to specific levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association. This includes use of medications such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and anticoagulants in the hospital.

In addition, Providence Portland Medical Center received a gold plus award and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center earned a gold award for stroke care as part of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines quality program.

Providence Milwaukie Hospital was awarded a silver award for stroke care. And, as a group, three Providence community hospitals - Providence Newberg, Providence Seaside and Providence Hood River - also received a silver recognition in stroke care.

Providence's awards were noted in a recent announcement in the “America's Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report.

“Being honored for excellent patient care is the best recognition a health care organization can get, validating the commitment our team has to providing excellent patient care every day, to everyone who comes in our doors,” said Dave Underriner, chief executive of Clinical Programs and Hospitals.

Hospitals are recognized in each category in which they achieve at least 85 percent compliance to Get With The Guidelines measures. Those hospitals marking 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months are given the Gold Performance Achievement Award, with the Silver Performance Achievement award going to those with 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months.

Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, an internationally renowned leader in cardiac and vascular care, research and education, is the largest provider of cardiac services in the Oregon. Every year, more than 13,000 patients benefit from the latest advances in diagnosis, treatment and cardiac surgery. Providence Stroke Center is the first nationally certified stroke center in Oregon and is actively engaged in clinical research. Providence Stroke Center cares for more stroke patients than any other health system in Oregon.