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St. Vincent among nation’s top performing hospitals for treatment of heart attack patients

St. Vincent among nation’s top performing hospitals for treatment of heart attack patients

St. Vincent Healthcare has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2021. It places St. Vincent as one of only 212 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes St. Vincent’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that St. Vincent 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.

 “It reflects the dedication, commitment, and clinical excellence of our cardiologists, nurses, technicians, and the entire St. Vincent Cardiovascular Team," said Theresa Ketterling, director of cardiovascular services. "We are firmly committed to providing the best, state-of-the-art therapies to our patients in Montana, northern Wyoming and the western Dakotas.”

To receive the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, St. Vincent 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, St. Vincent 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 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.

St. James Healthcare in Butte, a fellow SCL Health Montana hospital, was also recognized with the Platinum Award in 2021.

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