Cardiology Magazine — Summer 2013
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From The President

Paying Tribute to the Past; Strategizing for the Future<br /> <br /> It’s been a busy summer, full of reflection on those things that make the College great, as well as strategic forwardthinking on those things that will drive the College forward into the brave new health care world. As such, it’s fitting that this issue of Cardiology pays tribute to one of the College’s greatest assets from the past and a cornerstone of the College’s future – the NCDR®.<br /> <br /> When the NCDR’s first registry, the CathPCI Registry®, was launched in 1998 no one envisioned the great registry evolution that is taking place today. Our cover story explores the genesis of the CathPCI Registry and its growth from a small cadre of 75 visionary hospitals in its first year to more than 1,620 sites today. What started out as a way to benchmark quality percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) performance is evolving into a preeminent source of information that can help physicians and hospitals deliver high quality and affordable patient care. Issam D. Moussa, MD, FACC, chair of the CathPCI Registry steering committee, says it best when he notes that “through the CathPCI Registry, we’ve seen that opportunities to enhance the quality and value of health care delivery do exist.”<br /> <br /> The registry evolution is not limited to the CathPCI Registry alone. This issue also highlights the remarkable strides being made with transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as a result of the STS/ACC TVT Registry™, as well as an innovative relationship between Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, and the PINNACLE Registry® that involves creating a functional clinical database that lends itself to meaningful clinical research.<br /> <br /> Also in this issue, read all about the amazing work of several ACC members at varying stages in their careers in the areas of mentoring, international service, cardiovascular research and more! You can also get up close and personal with ACC.14 Co-Chairs Robert Siegel, MD, FACC, and Prediman Shah, MD, FACC, and find out what’s in store for the cutting-edge meeting next March in Washington, DC. In addition, don’t miss a feature article on electronic health record use among cardiovascular professionals; catch up on the latest health policy news from Capitol Hill; and learn more about a new partnership between the College and AstraZeneca to help patients navigate from hospital to home and ultimately avoid costly readmissions.<br /> <br /> As we head into the fall, the College will be kicking its strategic planning efforts into high gear. (You can read more in a piece from me, Rick Chazal, MD, FACC, and Patrick O’Gara, MD, FACC, on pages 40-41.) This plan will serve as the College’s navigational beacon for the future. Its ultimate goal: to remove barriers and create an environment that allows us to successfully build on our 65-year legacy of cardiovascular excellence in a time of rapid and major change. It’s an exciting time to be an ACC member and I hope you will join me in helping to implement this plan as it unfolds — together we can transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health.<br /> <br /> Sincerely,<br /> <br /> John Gordon Harold, MD,<br /> MACC