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Capital Region Medical Center among Nation's Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

Hospital news | Monday, June 21, 2021

Contact: Alaina Winship

Capital Region Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2021. Capital Region is one of only 140 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor, and it has done so for four consecutive years.

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

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.

“Our teams have worked very hard and across multiple disciplines to develop best practices to deliver effective care, consistently, and we continue to strive for improvement,” says Dr. Randy Haight, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Capital Region.

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.