Sharon Regional Medical Center Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients for Fifth Consecutive Year

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

Sharon Regional Medical Center, a Steward Family Hospital, has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018. SRMC is one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. Sharon Regional has received this annual recognition consecutively since 2013.

The award recognizes Sharon Regional Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Sharon Regional 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.

To receive the ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Sharon Regional has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for eight 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.


“To receive this level of distinction from the American College of Cardiology is an award that has a direct impact on the communities and patients we have the honor of serving,” said Joseph Hugar, president of Sharon Regional. “Residents across our region and in our local communities, including Mercer, Lawrence, and Venango counties can have the utmost confidence that our physicians and clinical teams deliver the highest level of care in every aspect of our comprehensive cardiology program and emergency care services.” Hugar concluded, “We take great pride in knowing that this award places the medical center in the elite company of only a handful of hospitals nationwide to earn this distinction.”

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Sharon Regional Medical Center has shown it is a leader 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 a culture of providing guideline- recommended therapy, Sharon Regional Medical Center is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

According to James Ryan, M.D., interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Heart and Vascular Center at Sharon Regional and with Steward Medical Group, “This achievement exemplifies the commitment of our medical staff and clinical professionals to put our patients first by providing them with the highest quality of care possible. We will continue to strive to exceed this standard of care as the leader in cardiac care for our community.”

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.

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 Platinum Performance Award is a recognition of the team effort at Sharon Regional’s Heart and Vascular Center,” noted Gary Marrone, MD, medical director of the Open Heart program at Sharon Regional. “Our entire team works diligently to provide a high quality cardiovascular program right here in Mercer County. Many times, patients come to us under emergency circumstances. They, along with their families, can be reassured that whether it is an emergency or a planned cardiac procedure, they are in outstanding, capable hands.”