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Southern Regional Receives NCDR Chest Pain-MI Registry Platinum Award

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Southern Regional Receives NCDR Chest Pain-MI Registry Platinum Award

Southern Regional Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain - MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019. An accredited Chest Pain Center, Southern Regional is one of only 225 hospitals nationwide to receive this honor.

The award recognizes Southern Regional’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.

“This recognition reflects the hard work and dedication of our cardiovascular team and their commitment to the highest quality of care for these patients,” states Dr. Vikram Mandadi, Cardiologist and Southern Regional Medical Center Chief Medical Officer. “Southern Regional has been a pioneer in providing quality cardiac care on the south side and we continue to meet and exceed these standards of care to reach the best possible outcomes for our patients.”

To receive the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Southern Regional demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards 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, Southern Regional Medical Center 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, Southern Regional Medical Center has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 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.