SMC recognized for heart care


Heart Center ranked No. 1 in South Carolina

SPARTANBURG — Spartanburg Medical Center (SMC) is one of 319 hospitals in the United States to be awarded the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry — GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. The award recognizes SMC for excellent cardiovascular care.

“This award is a proud achievement and reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff that care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Spartanburg Medical Center Chest Pain Center Coordinator Jennifer T. Smith, MSN, RN.

The award recognizes SMC’s commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. SMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating patients to the level of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

The award recognizes premier participating hospitals that have sustained performance measure score composites of 90 percent or better in the treatment of patients with acute myocardial infarction for eight consecutive quarters, ending quarter four 2014.

Hospitals must consistently follow the treatment guidelines of ACTION Registry® — GWTG™ for at least 24 consecutive months in order to receive the Gold Performance Achievement Award. These guidelines include the use of medications, including:

• Cholesterol-lowering drugs

• Beta-blockers

• ACE inhibitors

• Aspirin

• Anti-coagulants

The Heart Center at Spartanburg Medical Center was ranked No. 1 in the state for overall heart care by Healthgrades in 2013 and 2014, and recently received the Surgery Excellence Award by Healthgrades in 2015.

This is the second consecutive year for SMC to receive the GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award.About the American College of Cardiology

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 Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.

This story was submitted by Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

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Heart Center ranked No. 1 in South Carolina

This story was submitted by Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

This story was submitted by Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

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