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Washington Regional Medical Center Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

Washington Regional Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2023. Washington Regional is one of only 82 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Washington Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Washington Regional 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 achievement recognizes our commitment to providing nationally recognized, high-quality care to patients here in Northwest Arkansas,” said Washington Regional President and CEO Larry Shackelford. “The dedicated health professionals within Washington Regional’s Walker Heart Institute offer the region’s most comprehensive cardiac care with the largest team of cardiovascular experts and the latest technology and procedures to help improve the health of people in the communities we serve.”

To receive the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award, Washington Regional demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry for four consecutive quarters during 2022 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 Washington Regional 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 Washington Regional 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.

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.