University Health System has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2009 – one of only 36 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes University Health System’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that University Health System has reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease patients with the standard levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.
To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award, University Health System consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry–GWTG for 12 consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and anticoagulants in the hospital.
University Health System, the public hospital district for Bexar County Texas, is the lead Level I trauma center for an area that is geographically larger than 17 U.S. states and home to more than four million people. It is one of just 12 health systems in the U.S. to have a fully integrated electronic medical record and physician order entry system. In 2008, University Health System was named one of the 100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems by the American Hospital Association and Hospitals & Health Networks magazine and named to HealthImaging Magazine’s list of Top 25 Most Connected Healthcare Facilities in 2009. University Hospital, a 498-bed acute care hospital, is the primary teaching hospital for the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and the only trauma center in south Texas equipped to provide lifesaving care to seriously injured children, including severe burn injuries. University Health System also includes 16 community clinics focused on primary, specialty and preventive health services. University Health System is also a joint owner of San Antonio AirLIFE, named best in Texas in 2008 by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
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