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Monument Health wins national cardiology award

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Aug. 24, 2020) – For the eighth consecutive year, Monument Health Heart and Vascular Institute has received the American College of Cardiology NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, reflecting HVI’s superior quality outcomes compared with their peers for two consecutive years (2018 and 2019). Monument Health is one of only 140 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor this year.

The award recognizes Monument Health’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It also signifies that Monument Health 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.

“This award is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the physicians and caregivers who strive every day to provide our patients with the best cardiac care available, not only in our region but in the entire country,” said Dr. Joseph Tuma, Medical Director for MHHVI. “Our ongoing dedication to quality outcomes is reflected in this accomplishment.”

To receive this award, the Heart and Vascular Institute has performed at the highest possible level for specific performance measures in the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease who suffer a heart attack. Full participation in the Chest Pain ̶ MI 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, Monument Health 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.

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.

Dan Daly
Communications Specialist
Strategic Marketing and Communications
Monument Health

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