Centura Health Mercy Hospital Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

October 8, 2021

(DURANGO, COLO.) Centura Health Mercy Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2021. Mercy is one of only 132 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

Mercy receives Chest Pain - MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award

The award recognizes Mercy’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Mercy 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, Mercy 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, Mercy 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, Mercy 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.

“As the Clinical Nurse Manger of the Cardiac Catherization Lab, I’m proud of my team for the recognition of the Performance Achievement Award by NCDR,” said Denise Hawkins, RN Clinical Manager. “It is an honor to receive this award and it shows that our hard work and dedication in the Cath Lab is paying off.”

“I want to recognize Dr. Andrew Carter as well as the multiple providers and specialties who play an important role in successfully managing patient care, including the Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). We couldn’t have achieved this award without this collaborative effort,” Denise added.

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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ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY
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 information, visit acc.org.

ABOUT MERCY HOSPITAL
Mercy Hospital is an 82-bed acute care hospital in Durango, Colorado. As a non-profit hospital that is part of the Centura Health network, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves in the Four Corners region. Learn more about Mercy Hospital.

ABOUT CENTURA HEALTH
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