Baptist Health Louisville Among Nations Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

June 18, 2021

American College of Cardiology NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Silver Award recognizes high standards of patient care.

Louisville, June 17, 2021 – Baptist Health Louisville has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2021. Baptist Health Louisville is one of only 132 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. This is the second time they have achieved this prestigious award.

The award recognizes Baptist Health Louisville’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that it 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 Silver Performance Achievement Award, Baptist Health Louisville has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain  ̶   MI Registry for four consecutive quarters during 2020 and performed with distinction in 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 Silver Performance Award recipient, Baptist Health Louisville 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, and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. “By meeting the award requirements set forth in the registry, Baptist Health Louisville has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”

The Centers 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.

 “Participating in the NCDR Chest Pain registry demonstrates our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients.  Achieving the Silver Award Status is a result of hard work from our multidisciplinary quality team made up of physicians, nurses, radiation technologists, pharmacists, laboratory, and our EMS partners,” said Brian Kaebnick, Medical Director of the Baptist Health Louisville Chest Pain Center.  “We hope to build on our current success to further advance the quality of care that we provide to our patients.”

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.

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The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit acc.org.

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