Published on July 23, 2019

Mercy Fitzgerald Among Top Performing Hospitals for Heart Attack Treatment

The American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award recognizes high standards of patient care.

Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Fitzgerald Campus has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2019. Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Fitzgerald Campus is one of only 30 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Fitzgerald Campus’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 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 Gold Performance Achievement Award, Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Fitzgerald Campus has 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 Gold Performance Award recipient, Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Fitzgerald Campus 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, Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Fitzgerald Campus has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 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.

“This award affirms the collaborative efforts to provide the highest quality care to patients experiencing a heart attack. The entire staff, including emergency room, cardiology, nursing as well as EMS, are proud to be ranked among the top 30 hospitals in the country,” said Martin J. O’Riordan, MD, Director of Cardiology at Mercy Catholic Medical Center.

The 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 (ACC) 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 52,000 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 acc.org.