Piedmont Fayette among nation’s top performing hospitals for treatment of heart attack patients

Piedmont Fayette among nation’s top performing hospitals for treatment of heart attack patients

Piedmont Fayette Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2020. It is one of only 140 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes Piedmont Fayette’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that the hospital 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.
“Our focus is always on delivering high-quality, and safe, patient-centered care,” said Steve Porter, CEO of Piedmont Fayette. “Earning this recognition for the seventh consecutive year demonstrates our commitment to following the best practices in treatment. The coordinated efforts of our amazing physicians, nurses, and staff members, and our partners in emergency services, around treating heart attacks has saved thousands of lives in this community.”
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.
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.
To receive the Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Piedmont Fayette has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain  ̶   MI Registry for two consecutive years (2018 and 2019), 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, Piedmont Fayette 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. “By meeting the award requirements set forth in the registry, Piedmont Fayette has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”
To learn more about cardiovascular services at Piedmont, visit piedmont.org/heart.