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Butler Memorial Hospital Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

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American College of Cardiology NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Award recognizes sustained, high level performance in quality of care

Butler Memorial Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2022. Butler Memorial Hospital is one of only 240 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

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

To receive the Chest Pain ̶MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Butler Memorial Hospital has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry for two consecutive years (2020 and 2021), and performed 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.

“It is an honor to award Butler Memorial Hospital with the Platinum 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 Butler Memorial Hospital 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.

“We’ve done it again,” said Richard Begg, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Medical Director of BHS Cardiovascular Services. “For six out of the last seven years Butler Health System has received the prestigious American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement award. There are over 100 hospitals in Pennsylvania that participate in the NCDR, and Butler is one of only seven to receive this coveted award. It couldn’t be done without the efforts of so many people. It is truly a team effort. From early recognition by the patient and their family, to EMS care and transport, to Emergency Room treatment, catheterization and intervention, and post procedure and nursing care there are a whole lot of people involved. We are proud to be able to serve the deserving people of Butler and surrounding counties with such high quality care. For me personally, it is an honor to be a member of the BHS Heart Team.”

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.