Exceptional Heart Care at Providence Receives National Honor

December 30, 2011
Some of the best heart and stroke care in the nation can be found in Oregon at Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Both have been recognized for excellence by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The two medical centers have received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR Action Registry-GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2011 – two of only 167 hospitals nationwide to do so. The organization gives the award to hospitals that provide patients with sustained, high quality care.

“This award reflects Providence’s absolute commitment to give the best care possible to every patient who comes in our doors,” said Craig Wright, M.D., chief executive of physicians and clinical services for Providence in Oregon. “We are proud to be honored, again, for how we serve those who place their trust in us.”

The 2011 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 and Providence St. Vincent have earned “Gold Plus” awards for stroke care as part of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association “Get With The Guidelines” quality program.

And, as a group, three Providence community hospitals – Providence Newberg, Providence Seaside and Providence Hood River – 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.

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.