Mercy Iowa City and UnityPoint – St. Luke’s Hospital of Cedar Rapids have both received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019.
They were among only five hospitals in Iowa and 225 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor, which recognizes hospitals participating in the Chest Pain – MI Registry that have demonstrated sustained, top-level performance in quality of care and adherence to guideline recommendations.
“Mercy Iowa City is recognized statewide and nationally for its quality in treating cardiovascular conditions, and to achieve Platinum level for nine consecutive years for treating heart attack is exceptional,” said Sean Williams, Mercy’s president and CEO, in a release. “This is because of a culture committed to the best for our patients.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year, 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, cardiac rehabilitation and more.
The 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.
Article originally appeared in the Corridor Business Journal.