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  • National award honors Tacoma General's high level of cardiac care

    Heart attack patients receive a higher standard of cardiac care at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, according to a national award announced this month.

    This is the third year that MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital has been honored with the award, officially known as the “American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award.”

    In short, that means health care providers at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital have reached an aggressive goal that ensures patients receive treatment quickly and in accordance with nationally accepted standards. Only 164 hospitals were honored nationwide. 

    “We work hard to provide the very best care for patients experiencing chest pain,” said Rachanee Curry, Administrator of MultiCare’s Cardiac Careline. “This award honors our team of health care providers, who are dedicated to providing diagnosis and treatment quickly to improve the chances of a full recovery.”

    “The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, award chairman. “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.”

    Signs of a heart attack include chest discomfort, discomfort in other areas of the upper body including arms, jaw, neck, back and stomach, shortness of breath, indigestion, nausea and light headedness.

    Patients who have the above symptoms or think they are having a heart attack should call 911 for assistance. When they are brought to Tacoma General, patients are met by a team of specially trained health care providers who assess the situation and provide treatment in a timely manner.

    Home to the highest level of cardiovascular care available in the region, the Tacoma General Heart Hospital is dedicated exclusively to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases while thoughtfully meeting the needs of patients and families. The hospital clusters cardiac and vascular services in one location, providing patients with better-connected care.

    Services available at the heart hospital include cardiac and vascular operating suites, digital cardiac catheterization labs, brand new cardiovascular intensive care and coronary care units, and a chest pain cardiovascular short stay unit. Tacoma General Hospital and area physicians have a long history of leading the way for heart and vascular medicine in the Puget Sound region.

    The Chest Pain Center at Tacoma General Hospital is one of only six facilities in Washington to be nationally accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The center is designed to provide diagnosis and treatment within the "Golden Hour" after heart attack symptoms appear.

    Previously, the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and the Coronary Care Unit at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital received the Beacon Award of Excellence for being among the top in the country, according to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

    MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry®-GWTGTM for eight consecutive quarters in ACTION Registry-GWTG Premier and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures to receive this 2012 award. 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. For more information about ACTION Registry-GWTG, visit

    Posted on Oct 19, 2012 in Cardiac, Trophy Case