Local Hospital Receives AHA's Gold Performance Achievement Award

WAIMEA (KHNL) -- A local hospital has been recognized for its success in cardiac care of patients with coronary artery disease.

North Hawaii Community Hospital recently received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines-Coronary Artery Disease Gold Performance Achievement Award.

Hospitals that receive the award have demonstrated for two years that at least 85% of its coronary patients are discharged following the American Heart Association's recommended treatment guidelines.

Under the guidelines, patients receive aggressive risk reduction therapies, smoking cessation/weight management counseling and referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before they are discharged.

"North Hawaii Community Hospital is dedicated to making our cardiac unit among the best in the country," said W. Jeff Comer Jr., CEO.  "We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.

The American Heart Association's GWTG program is being implemented in hospitals throughout the U.S.