Baptist Health Hardin Among Nation's Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

August 04, 2022

Award recognizes sustained, high level performance in quality of care.

Elizabethtown, KY (Aug. 4 2022) – Baptist Health Hardin has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2022. Baptist Health Hardin is one of only 85 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Baptist Health Hardin’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Baptist Health Hardin 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 Hardin has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain MI Registry for four consecutive quarters during 2021 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.

“It is an honor to award Baptist Health Hardin with the Silver Performance Award for their valuable national leadership and dedication to meeting comprehensive performance measures in patient care,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. “The receipt of this award indicates that Baptist Health Hardin remains committed to providing top quality, guideline-driven care for heart attack patients. Their success ensures patients are receiving the highest quality cardiovascular care.”

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 800,000 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.

“Baptist Health Hardin is proud to be recognized by the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR),” stated Baptist Health Hardin Cardiovascular Coordinator Clara Robertson, BSN, RN, CCRN. “NCDR monitors data on how well we care for our patients with heart disease.  Receiving this award acknowledges that we are meeting the highest standards for our cardiac patients and recognizes our  commitment to delivering outstanding care every day.”

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.

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 more than 56,000 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