Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle has received the American College of Cardiology’s 2021 NCDR Chest Pain — MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award. Baptist Golden Triangle is one of only 212 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Baptist Golden Triangle has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
To receive the Chest Pain — MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Baptist Golden Triangle has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain — MI Registry for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020), and performed at the highest level for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.
“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Baptist Golden Triangle has established itself as a leader in setting the national standard for improving quality of care in patients with acute myocardial infarction,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain — MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. “By meeting the award requirements set forth in the registry, Baptist Golden Triangle has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that almost 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.
“This award is another proud achievement for our hospital showing the quality of care of our cardiac services. It reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff who care for some of our most critically ill patients,” said Baptist Golden Triangle Associate Administrator Kayla Pruitt. “The consistent implementation of these quality measures requires successful coordination between our cardiovascular team at the hospital and our EMS teams both out in the field and at the hospital and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving the outcomes of heart attack patients,” she added.