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Awards & Accolades

Heart Attack Higher Standard of Care

American College of Cardiology's NCDR ACTION Registry-Get With the Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014 

Both WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital have received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014 - two of only 256 hospitals nationwide to do so.

The award recognizes WakeMed's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that WakeMed 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.

Heart Failure Accreditation

WakeMed Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital are accredited in Heart Failure care by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). To receive Heart Failure Accreditation, both hospitals engage in a rigorous reevaluation and refinement of their cardiac care processes every four years in order to integrate the healthcare industry’s successful practices and newest paradigms into their processes for the care of heart failure patients.

Recognizing that heart failure is a leading cause of mortality in the United States, WakeMed knows its status of Heart Failure Accreditation demonstrates its commitment to effectively managing the increasing numbers of heart failure patients presenting to emergency departments. By being Heart Failure Accredited, both hospitals have enhanced the quality of care for heart failure patients and demonstrated their commitment to higher standards.

WakeMed Recognized for High Quality Cardiac Care
WakeMed Health & Hospitals has been named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Research shows that Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications following certain cardiac procedures and lower rates of healthcare associated infections, compared with their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient for those same procedures.

Blue Cross Distinction

Cardiovascular Specialists Certification
100 percent of Raleigh Campus cath lab staff are now Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialists. This Certification is a formal recognition of specialized knowledge, skill and training that enables us to promote quality outcomes for our patients.

cath Lab Certification 2013

Hospital Accreditation: Joint Commission

WakeMed is proud to be Joint Commission accredited healthcare provider. The Joint Commission is a healthcare accrediting agency with strict rules and regulations participating organizations must follow to ensure they are providing the best healthcare in safe facilities following best practices.

Joint Commission standards dictate security requirements, size of doorways, surgical process and procedures, physician documentation and much, much more. Comprehensive surveys are conducted every three years.

Raleigh Campus, Cary Hospital, North Healthplex, Apex Healthplex, Brier Creek Healthplex and all WakeMed outpatient facilities are all Joint Commission accredited.

jc gold seal

Heart Failure Gold Quality

Get With the Guidelines - Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award

WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that WakeMed has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

Heart Failure Gold Quality

STEMI Silver Quality

WakeMed Cary Hospital has been honored with the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Referring Center- SILVER Level Recognition Award. To receive this distinction, WakeMed Cary Hospital consistently followed American Heart Association’s treatment guidelines for four consecutive quarters, meeting performance standards and measures to ensure STEMI, or heart attack, patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and, at the same time, improving care for all heart attack patients.

STEMI Silver Quality

Two Dedicated Chest Pain Centers

WakeMed Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital are Chest Pain Centers certified by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Being a designated Chest Pain Center, reinforces that the processes and procedures used by our team of highly skilled and dedicated professionals ensure rapid diagnosis and fast appropriate care, offering our patients the best care and chance to avoid or minimize the damage from a heart attack



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