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Awards and Accreditations for Cardiac Care

Legacy Health wants you to be your own health advocate.  We hope to make it easier for you by providing information on the quality of heart care you will receive from Legacy Health.

The following information is provided by various medical associations, official agencies and special interest groups that measure performance in health care quality and safety, specifically for cardiac care.

Heart Surgery

Legacy Health's cardiothoracic surgeons report to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) each year on the quality of care provided to our heart surgery patients.  The STS is a nonprofit that represents more than 6,400 surgeons, researchers and related health professionals around the world.  The society collects outcomes data to improve quality and patient safety.  The STS has also developed quality performance measures for adult cardiac, general thoracic and congenital heart surgery.

The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® — In 2015 Legacy Good Samaritan has been awarded four cardiac certifications by The Joint Commission.  

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1.  Acute coronary syndrome (lack of blood flow to the heart)
2.  Acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)
3.  Heart failure
4.  Cardiac rehabilitation



Heart Attack Care

AHA Mission: Lifeline 2015 Gold Receiving

Legacy Good Samaritan has achieved the Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center - GOLD Level Recognition Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Ito achieve this gold award, hospitals must meet an 85% or greater score on 8 different criteria. To learn more: Mission: Lifeline Systems of Care Recognition Measures.  



2015 NCDR ACTION Get with the Guidelines Gold2015 NCDR ACTION Get with the Guidelines silverCongratulations to Legacy Health medical centers on being recognized for delivery of excellent care for patients with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)by the American College of Cardiology.

–   Legacy Good Samaritan - NCDR ACTION-Get With the Guidelines GOLD Performance Achievement Award; for scores of 90% or better, sustained for eight consecutive quarters
–   Legacy Emanuel - NCDR ACTION-Get With the Guidelines SILVER Performance Achievement Award; for scores of 90% or better, sustained for four consecutive quarters
–   Legacy Meridian Park - NCDR ACTION-Get With the Guidelines SILVER Performance Achievement Award; for scores of 90% or better sustained for four consecutive quarters


For the 5th consecutive year, Legacy Good Samaritan and our transferring hospitals and clinics (Legacy Meridian Park, Legacy Mount Hood, Legacy Salmon Creek, and Legacy St. Helen's Urgent Care Clinic) has received the American College of Cardiology's ACTION Registry-Get with the Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2014 — one of only 55 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

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The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® — Legacy Good Samaritan is the first hospital in the nation to be awarded six cardiac certifications by The Joint Commission, including acute myocardial infarction (heart attack).



Chest Pain Care

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The Joint Commission has awarded Legacy Emanuel the disease-specific Gold Seal of Approval® certification for chest pain care. It is the first hospital in Multnomah County to receive this certification. this recognition is earned by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

Legacy Meridian Park is the first hospital in the nation to be awarded the new disease-specific Gold Seal of Approval® for chest pain from The Joint Commission. The chest pain certification is new for The Joint Commission as it combines the disease-specific certifications for both acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and acute coronary syndrome (lack of blood flow to the heart).


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All five Legacy medical centers and Randall Children's hospital were accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) accreditation in Echocardiography in December, 2013. The accreditation demonstrates an unmatched commitment to provide quality cardiac diagnostic evaluations in the following testing areas:  adult transthoracic; adult transesophageal; pediatric transthoracic; and pediatric transesophageal. The accreditation ensures that Legacy Health and Randall Children's provides high quality patient care and demonstrates a long-term commitment to quality and self-assessment. This accreditation will be reviewed again in October, 2016.