KY-ACC Awarded ACC Grant to Advance Statewide Quality Initiative


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Washington, D.C. and Lexington, Ky.--The Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (KY-ACC) received a Chapter Grant award from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) to create a statewide platform to disseminate quality outcomes data from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) to key stakeholders, and to establish a task force to drive improvements in quality metrics.

“Kentucky suffers from cardiovascular disease at rates much higher than the nation as a whole, and ranks among the worst states in the country for outcomes such as mortality after a heart attack,” said Susan Smyth, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, President of the KY-ACC Chapter and Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the University of Kentucky.

One of the many merits of the planned KY-ACC initiative is that it will involve all members of the cardiovascular team, including clinicians, registrars, administrators, and managers, who will collaborate to create best practices in the collection, dissemination, and analysis of state-wide cardiovascular outcomes data.

“ACC recognizes the importance of a team-based approach to cardiovascular care, as demonstrated by their funding of this request,” said Dr. Smyth. “This project will impact every corner of the commonwealth by encouraging Kentucky-based institutions to use cardiovascular outcomes data in a more meaningful way, to improve decision-making processes and optimize patient care.”

PHOTO: January 27, 2018 American College of Cardiology Grant Awards Luncheon, Washington, D.C. (Pictured Left to Right: Dr. Hadley Wilson, Chair ACC Board of Governors, Dr. Susan Smyth, President, Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, Ms. Stephanie Czuhajewski, Executive Director, Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, and Dr. Eileen Handberg, Chair of the Cardiovascular Team (CVT) Section of the American College of Cardiology)