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Capital Region Medical Center Awarded Primary Heart Attack Center Certification from The Joint Commission

Hospital news | Thursday, December 1, 2022

Contact: Alaina Winship

Capital Region Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Heart Attack Center Certification.

Capital Region Medical Center underwent a rigorous, onsite review on August 8, 2022. During the visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards, including adherence to up-to-date clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) patients. The program was evaluated for its delivery of care through the entire continuum of service, whether the patient arrived at the emergency room by emergency medical services or by private vehicle; the progression of the patient’s treatment from arrival through discharge was evaluated to make sure the patient was receiving the best standard of care and adhere to the clinical practice guidelines. Examples include program management and delivering/facilitating clinical care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“Primary Heart Attack Center Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Capital Region Medical Center for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for cardiac patients.”

“We congratulate Capital Region Medical Center for this outstanding achievement,” says Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, American Heart Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for cardiac patients.”

“We are extremely proud that our acute myocardial infarction program has again earned certification status. We work throughout the year to continuously review and revise our program maintains the highest standard of care for our patients. This certification is merely the capstone of a much broader effort by everyone here at Capital Region from first responders, nurses, technicians, and physicians,” said Walter Coats, DO, AMI Director at Capital Region.

Vice President of Nursing Janet Pestle, DNP, shared that “Capital Region Medical Center is proud to offer award-winning cardiac and stroke care. Our teams represent the highest standard of care in the industry and work hard to provide that same high-quality care to our patients. These certifications indicate our strong commitment to our patients and community to service excellence.”

Capital Region Medical Center has been a certified Level II, percutaneous coronary intervention capable, ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) certified hospital through the Missouri Time Critical Diagnosis program by the Department of Health and Senior Services since 2015. Capital Region Medical Center chose to certify itself through Joint Commission
as a Primary Heart Attack Center to broaden its program to include Non-ST Elevation Myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) cardiac patients, to better serve our community.

The organization prepared for the onsite Joint Commission Primary Heart Attack Center by performing a gap analysis of current practices, policies, and procedures to ascertain they were aligned with the most recent Clinic Practice Guidelines (CPG) for the treatment of STEMI and NSTEMI cardiac patients. The gap analysis was mainstreamed by using the resource tools from the Joint Commission, Advance Disease-Specific Care - Certification Standards, and Organization Review Process Guide. Capital Region Medical Center, also in preparation for the Joint Commission site review, continued to work on process improvements already set in place and continued to collect cardiac data measures of performance throughout the continuum of the patient’s episode of care to determine where the organization could improve its quality of care to each individual that comes to Capital Region Medical Center.

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.