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Astria Regional Medical Center & Astria Heart Institute Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

American College of Cardiology NCDR ACTION Registry Silver Award recognizes high standards of patient care

(Yakima, WA) June 27, 2017 – Astria Regional Medical Center & Astria Heart Institute have received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2017. Astria Regional Medical Center & Astria Heart Institute is one of only 105 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Astria Regional Medical Center & Astria Heart Institute’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that the hospital 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 honored to receive this award from the American College of Cardiology. Astria Regional Medical Center & Astria Heart Institute has been a Center of Excellence for cardiac care for many years. We offer the Valley’s only full spectrum of cardiac care, including open heart surgery and a 24/7 cardiac team,” said Rich Robinson, Astria Regional Medical Center’s CEO.

“We have a long history of providing cardiac care in the Yakima Valley, recruiting cardiac teams and investing in supporting technologies. We are the only hospital in the Yakima Valley approved by the state Department of Health to provide elective angioplasties, because we have the experience, skilled teams, and critical heart surgery back-up to provide the best possible outcomes for patients.”

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

To receive the ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award, Astria Regional Medical Center & Astria Heart Institute demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for four consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“As a Silver Performance Award recipient, Astria Regional Medical Center & Astria Heart Institute have shown they are leaders in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, Chair, ACTION Registry; Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing Astria Regional Medical Center & Astria Heart Institute have a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

ACTION Registry 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 heart attack patients.

The American College of Cardiology is a 52,000-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, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit