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    PRESS RELEASE:
    Memorial Medical Center Receives American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR® ACTION Registry® – GWTGTM Gold Performance Achievement Award

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    Craig Baize, Marketing & Communications
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    Memorial Medical Center consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry®-GWTGTM for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures to receive this 2012 award.

    Modesto, September 27, 2012 – Memorial Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health network, has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2012 - one of only 26 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes Memorial Medical Center's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that Memorial Medical Center has 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.

    "We are pleased to accept this recognition on behalf of our cardiac care team, and we are very proud of their efforts to provide the best care to patients in need of our services," said Daryn Kumar, Memorial Medical Center chief executive officer.

    To receive the ACTION Registry-GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, Memorial Medical Center consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry-GWTG for 8 consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to ACC/AHA Clinical Guideline recommendations, monitors drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non- ST- elevation myocardial infarction patients (NSTEMI).

    "The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Memorial Medical Center for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols. The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients," Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, FACC, FAHA, ACTION Registry-GWTG Steering Committee Chair and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center and James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Co-Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital.

    "Memorial Medical Center continues to be focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care provided to our patients," said Amar Pohwani, M.D., medical director for MMC's Cardiology Department. "Following the ACTION Registry-GWTG guidelines gives us tools we can use and helps us measure our performance," added Hassan Hussain, M.D., medical director for MMC's STEMI Receiving center/Chest Pain Center. "This is important, as the number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population."

    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, Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Society of Hospital Medicine. 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 STEMI and NSTEMI patients.

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    About Memorial Medical Center:
    Memorial Medical Center is part of Sutter Health, a family of not-for-profit hospitals, physician organizations and other medical services that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. Serving more than 100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a regional leader in cardiac care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, obstetrics, and newborn intensive care, and is a pioneer in advanced patient safety technology.