CHI Memorial Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients


CHI Memorial has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2023. CHI Memorial is one of only 56 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes CHI Memorial’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that CHI Memorial 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, CHI Memorial 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.

“We are honored to receive this recognition again, which confirms the high-quality care heart attack patients receive from CHI Memorial’s physicians, nurses, and staff,” shared Kevin Hopkins, vice president, cardiovascular and respiratory services at CHI Memorial. “Our team is a national leader in using evidence-based guidelines to improve the quality and safety of care while providing comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients”.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates more than 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, and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

“It is an honor to award CHI Memorial with the Gold Performance Award for their valuable national leadership and dedication to meeting comprehensive performance measures in patient care,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.  “The receipt of this award indicates that CHI Memorial remains committed to providing top quality, guideline-driven care for heart attack patients.  Their success ensures patients are receiving the highest quality cardiovascular care.”

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.