Tyler, Texas – The CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler has received the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2019. The facility is East Texas’ only freestanding heart hospital and one of only 30 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
The award recognizes CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for patients who have suffered an MI, or myocardial infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack. It signifies that CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances 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 Gold Performance Achievement Award, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System 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, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler 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, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler 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 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.
“Our heart care team is committed to serving our mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Each physician, provider, nurse, Associate and every member of our team is dedicated to caring for our patients and providing truly world-class service in their time of need,” said Deb Chelette, RN, BSN, MHA, Vice President of the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler and Cardiovascular Services for CHRISTUS Health in Northeast Texas. “Being recognized with this award represents more than a trophy or certificate, it stands for the quality, compassion and skill we seek to provide every patient we treat.”
Previously, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler was also recognized as the first ever recipient of the HeartCARE Center: National Distinction of Excellence from the ACC based on a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive, high-quality culture and cardiovascular care through accreditations and ongoing registry reporting. The Gold Performance Achievement Award represent another step forward on the leading edge of heart care, here in Northeast Texas and nationwide.
“For many years, the ACC has stood for the highest levels of excellence, education and improvement in heart care in this country,” said Oscar Paniagua, M.D., AMI Program Director at the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler. “CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System has been recognized numerous times by the ACC, and we are honored and proud of the work done here on behalf of our patients in and this community.”
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 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.