Baptist-DeSoto recognized for heart attack treatment

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto has earned the 2021 American College of Cardiology NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award. The Southaven hospital is one of only 212 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Baptist-DeSoto’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.

“We are so proud of our efforts in treating heart attack patients,” said Brian Hogan, administrator and CEO of Baptist-DeSoto. “Our team provides exceptional care close to home, and we are happy this award recognizes that.”

To receive the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Baptist-DeSoto had to demonstrate sustained achievement in the Chest Pain  ̶   MI Registry for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020), and perform at the highest level 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, Baptist-DeSoto has established itself as a leader in setting the national standard for improving quality of care in heart attack patients,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain–MI Registry Steering Subcommittee and a cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. “By meeting the award requirements set forth in the registry, Baptist-DeSoto 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 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.

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 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, visit acc.org.

Baptist-DeSoto is a 339-bed hospital that offers diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services, as well as open-heart surgery and a number of other cardiovascular services. A recent $19 million emergency department expansion and renovation project added 20,000 square feet to the facility. For more information, please call 662-772-4000 or visit desoto.baptistonline.org.

DeSoto County News Service

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