Published on September 16, 2016

Altru Receives Platinum Performance Achievement Award for STEMI Response from American College of Cardiology

Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016. Altru is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. 

The award recognizes Altru’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Altru has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care. Lynde Quirk, RN, Altru’s STEMI and stroke coordinator, explains, “When we respond quickly to a STEMI [heart attack], we’re saving heart tissue. Every minute matters. What’s even more exciting than achieving Platinum status is all the lives we have saved by improving our processes.” 

To receive the Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Altru consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures. 

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, with support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The American College of Cardiology is a 52,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team.  

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $524 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.