One System

Access and Coordination: Sharing Best Practices in Critical Care

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Coordination of care includes sharing best practices and protocols in critical areas such as heart attack treatment. Becker's Hospital Review highlighted the exceptional degree of collaboration with other independent hospitals to reduce door-to-treatment times. Clinicians also took a strong leadership role in promoting the Regional Approach to Cardiovascular Emergencies (RACE) project, a statewide initiative to treat heart attack patients quickly.

The nine-hospital Chest Pain Network succeeded in reducing the average door-to-treatment time from 109.5 minutes to 88 minutes. This surpassed the national average. Project leaders cited teamwork, communication and standard protocols as key elements to success, and spotlighted the current goal of treating patients within an average 60 minutes of arrival.

In October, Cone Health, a network of hospitals and other care locations headquartered in Greensboro, became an affiliate of Carolinas HealthCare System.

By expanding its footprint and programs during 2012 to include additional healthcare facilities that serve a common mission, Carolinas HealthCare System is benefiting a greater number of patients through integration, coordination and shared clinical excellence. Maintaining this momentum as a single unified enterprise ensures that patients have ongoing access to high quality, value-driven care.