Health Notebook: St. Luke’s among nation’s top performing hospitals for treatment of heart attack patients

St. Luke’s has earned the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018. St. Luke’s is one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

“St. Luke’s is very proud of this achievement. The award reflects the commitment and success of staff in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients,” St. Luke’s Cardiovascular Services Coordinator Stan Sadenwasser said. “It signifies that St. Luke’s has established a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, and is saving and improving outcomes for heart attack patients.”

To receive the ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, St. Luke’s has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for eight consecutive quarters. St. Luke’s has also performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process. The process uses data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

ACTION Registry empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines. Additionally, it 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.

St. Luke’s is a regional health care system serving approximately 500,000 residents of northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It includes a multi-specialty hospital in Duluth, a critical access hospital in Two Harbors, and 39 primary care and specialty clinics throughout the region, plus Urgent Care, Q Care and eCare Express Clinics. It is a charter member of Wilderness Health, a regional health care provider collaborative working to improve patient quality and outcomes.

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St. Luke’s is pleased to announce that Mark Thoe (right) has been named Director of Materials Management.

Thoe received a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has nearly 30 years of supply chain experience in both health care and manufacturing.

Prior to joining St. Luke’s, Thoe worked for Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, Minn. As Director of Materials Management he will be managing the operations for all of St. Luke’s supply chain.

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St. Luke’s Chequamegon Clinic in Ashland now offers Genius™ 3D mammography. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, 3D exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. This newest technology includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

3D mammography is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for patients.

Source: St. Luke’s press releases

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