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Regional Health Heart and Vascular Institute honored for high standard of care

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 31, 2019) – Regional Health Rapid City Hospital and the Heart and Vascular Institute have received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019. Rapid City Hospital, which won the award for the seventh straight year, is one of only 225 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It also signifies that Regional Health has reached an aggressive goal of providing these patients with levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Regional 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, 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, Regional Health has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”

To receive the award, the hospital must demonstrate sustained achievement in the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry and perform 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 guidelines and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer heart attacks each year. 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.

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.

About the American College of Cardiology
As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the American College of Cardiology and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and 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.

About Regional Health
Headquartered in Rapid City, S.D., Regional Health is a community-based health care system with a mission to make a difference, every day. Regional Health offers care in 33 medical specialties and serves 20 communities across western South Dakota and in eastern Wyoming. With over 4,500 physicians and caregivers, Regional Health is comprised of 5 hospitals, 8 specialty and surgical centers and more than 40 medical clinics and health care service centers.

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