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January 2005

Sharon Regional continues enhancements in care for heart attack patients

Sharon Regional is continuing to see positive results in the outcomes of patients with certain life-threatening cardiac conditions as a result of its participation in CRUSADE, the national quality improvement initiative designed to assist hospitals to enhance their care of these patients.

Sharon Regional is one of more than 400 hospitals nationwide participating in the CRUSADE study, an effort coordinated by the Duke Clinical Research Institute for patients with NSTE ACS, a group of cardiac conditions that include the most common type of heart attack.

“We feel that it is extremely important for Sharon Regional to be on the forefront of providing the highest quality emergency cardiac care,” said Sergio Segarra, M.D., FACEP, medical director of emergency medicine at Sharon Regional. “Our entire team focuses on implementing practices and strategies that enable us to deliver the best care possible to the heart patients who enter our facility. By partnering with CRUSADE, we will continue to improve our adherence to the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association recommendations, which have proven to save lives.”

“One of the biggest challenges facing the healthcare system in the U.S. is to ensure that all patients receive the best available care,” said Dr. Eric Peterson, Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke Clinical Research Institute. “The adoption of new protocols and treatments can be challenging, particularly for patients with emergency cardiac conditions, who may require treatment from a variety of departments and individuals across the hospital. With CRUSADE, we intend to work with hospitals directly to improve public health; and hospitals such as Sharon Regional are leaders in this effort.”

Sharon Regional is the only hospital in Mercer County that offers heart attack patients emergency angioplasty and open-heart surgery, avoiding the delay of being transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital or other out-of-town facility.

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