Hamilton Medical Center Named Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals For Treatment Of Heart Attack Patients

Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Pictured, in the front, from left, are Heather Wibberding, RN; Gary Olson, MD; Preethi Padmanaban, MD; Tammy Stewart, cardiovascular resource specialist; and Kristie Stiles, RN. In the back are Alex Hawkins, monitor tech; Kelvin Moss, MD; Aubrey Cawthon, MD; Ezad Ahmad, MD; Harveer Mann, MD; and Rajiv Verma, MD.
Pictured, in the front, from left, are Heather Wibberding, RN; Gary Olson, MD; Preethi Padmanaban, MD; Tammy Stewart, cardiovascular resource specialist; and Kristie Stiles, RN. In the back are Alex Hawkins, monitor tech; Kelvin Moss, MD; Aubrey Cawthon, MD; Ezad Ahmad, MD; Harveer Mann, MD; and Rajiv Verma, MD.
Hamilton Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ?  MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2022. HMC is one of only 81 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes HMC’s "commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that HMC 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 Gold Performance Achievement Award, Hamilton has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain  ?  MI Registry for two consecutive years (2020 and 2021) and performed at the top level for specific performance measures," officials said.
"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."

“It is an honor to award Hamilton with the Gold Performance Award for their valuable national leadership and dedication to meeting comprehensive performance measures in patient care,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. “The receipt of this award indicates that Hamilton remains committed to providing top quality, guideline-driven care for heart attack patients. Their success ensures patients are receiving the highest quality cardiovascular care.”

Officials said, "The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 800,000 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.

"Chest Pain  ?  MI Registry empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients."

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