Showing all Releases for January 2013

  • Stormont Vail Health Receives Platinum Performance Achievement Award for Heart Attack Response

    Wednesday January 23, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., Jan. 23, 2013) - Stormont Vail HealthCare has received the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry - Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012. This achievement is completed by fewer than 164 hospitals nationwide. The award recognizes Stormont Vail for its commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It also signifies that Stormont Vail has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart attack patients at recommended levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

    To receive the ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Stormont Vail Regional Health Center consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry-GWTG Premier for a minimum of two years, and met a performance standard of at least 90 percent for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to ACC/AHA Clinical Guideline recommendations, which helps ensure drug safety monitoring and the overall quality of care. 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.

    "Because the number of heart attack patients is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidences of heart disease and an aging population, it is instrumental to maintain an exceptional response time when a heart attack patient calls 911," said Joe Hopeck, administrative director, cardiovascular service line, Stormont Vail HealthCare. "We have been focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular response times for a decade and being part of the ACTION Registry-GWTG database allows us to track our times with other hospitals across the nation," added Hopeck.

    About ACTION Registry-GWTG
    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. ACTION Registry-GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients with coronary artery disease according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard.

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  • Gilbert Katz, M.D., Cardiologist, Joins Medical Associates of Manhattan

    Friday January 4, 2013

    (Topeka, Kan., Jan. 4, 2013)  – Medical Associates of Manhattan, the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center and Stormont Vail HealthCare announce the addition of Gilbert Katz, M.D., cardiologist, to the Medical Associates of Manhattan. Dr. Katz is now accepting new patients for his cardiology practice in Manhattan. He begins seeing patients Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

    Dr. Katz received his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine, in 1987. He completed an internship in general surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, in 1988. He completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Boston, in 1993, followed by a cardiology fellowship, which he completed in 1996.

    Dr. Katz practiced cardiology in Topeka for many years and performed clinical outreach in several rural communities in northeast Kansas during that time. He has clinical interests in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and has particular interests in pacemaker and defibrillation devices, nuclear studies and interventional cardiology.

    To schedule an appointment or refer a patient to his clinic, call Medical Associates of Manhattan,  (785) 537-2651.

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