Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Award recognizes high standards of patient care
HICKORY – Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) has received the American
College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance
Achievement Award for 2019. CVMC is one of only 225 hospitals nationwide
to receive the honor.
The award recognizes CVMC’s commitment and success in implementing
a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that
CVMC 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, CVMC has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain ̶
MI Registry for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top
level of standards for specific performance measures. Full participation
in the registry engages hospitals in a 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, CVMC 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, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 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.
“Simply put, this award recognizes us for our commitment to providing
the highest quality care possible to our cardiac patients, every time,”
said Chuck Scronce, CVMC administrator of emergency and cardiac service.
“It demonstrates consistency and excellence year after year for
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.