Baxter Regional Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s
National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Chest Pain – MI Registry
Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2019. BRMC is one of only 86
hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes Baxter Regional’s commitment and success in
implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies
that BRMC 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, Baxter Regional has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest
Pain – MI Registry for four 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 Silver Performance Award recipient, BRMC 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, BRMC
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.