Finley Hospital Named National Top Performer For Heart Attack Patients
According to a press release, UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2023. This award/honor was given to fewer than 60 other hospitals nationwide.
The award recognizes Finley Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It also signifies that Finley 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 this award, Finley Hospital has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry for two consecutive years (2021 and 2022), and performed at the top 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 UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital with the Gold Performance Award for their valuable national leadership and dedication to meeting comprehensive performance measures in patient care. The receipt of this award indicates that Finley 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.”
-Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
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, cardiac rehabilitation, and other specialized programs based on patient needs.
“I salute our incredible team here at UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital who helped us achieve this very select recognition. As one of fewer than sixty hospitals in the country to achieve the Gold Performance Achievement Award, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to providing the highest quality heart care for patients right here in the Tri-State Area.”
-Chad Wolbers, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Dubuque
Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines. It also establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety, and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease. This is especially significant in high-risk heart attack patients.
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. The mission of the College, and its more than 56,000 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.