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    PRESS RELEASE:
    Memorial Medical Center Receives American College of Cardiology Foundation’s 2013 NCDR® ACTION Registry® – GWTGTM Gold Performance Achievement Award

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    Craig Baize, Marketing & Communications
    209-572-5900

    Modesto, January 3, 2014 – 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 2013 – one of only 32 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 continue to focus our efforts on providing safe, quality affordable care to our patients,” said Daryn Kumar, Memorial Medical Center chief executive officer. “I am very pleased to accept this award and recognition on behalf of our cardiac care team. They put our patients’ care at the very heart of everything they do.”

    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,” said James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital and Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, ACTION Registry-GWTG Co-Chair and Chief of Cardiology at VA Boston Healthcare System, Senior Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

    “We focus on continually improving the quality of cardiovascular care we provide to our patients,” said Terence Sweeney, M.D., medical director for MMC’s Emergency 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. “We continue to see a growing number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment, and remain dedicated to providing them with our very best care.”

    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, 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 STEMI and NSTEMI patients.

    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. For more information, visit memorialmedicalcenter.org.