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CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients American College of Cardiology NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Award recognizes high standards of patient care October 26, 2020

Lake Charles, LA – CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2020. CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital is one of only 140 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick 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, CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry for two consecutive years (2018 and 2019), 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.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital 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, M.D., 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, CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital 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 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.

“This recognition is important because of what it means to the communities we serve,” said Kevin Holland, Chief Executive Officer, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana. “When a patient in Southwest Louisiana is facing a life-threatening heart attack, they and their family can feel confident in knowing that CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital offers the most comprehensive and a capable care performed by the most highly-trained and distinguished providers in the region.”

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.