South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) is one of just 167 hospitals nationwide to be awarded the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Foundation's National Cardiology Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry-Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2011.
This marks the third consecutive year South Nassau has earned the Gold Performance Achievement Award for achieving high standards in the treatment of coronary artery disease.
To earn the Gold Performance Achievement Award, South Nassau needed to adhere to the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry-GWTG for 12 consecutive quarters (3 years) and meet a performance standard of at least 85 percent for specific performance measures. The GWTG program is a quality-improvement program that helps hospitals provide cardiac and stroke care in accordance with the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.
The center treats patients with the combination of advanced technologies and best practices and is equipped with the latest advancements in cardiac digital imaging systems. Its echocardiography lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography (ICAEL).
SNCH performs a wide range of coronary and peripheral interventional procedures, including balloon angioplasty, stenting and thrombolytic therapy. When providing balloon angioplasty in an emergency, the center averages a door-to-balloon-time of approximately 68 minutes, which is 22 minutes faster than the medically recommended door-to-balloon time benchmark of 90 minutes.
Other services include diagnostic studies, implantation and testing of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and radio-frequency catheter ablation for the treatment of potentially fatal irregular heartbeats.