Holy Family Memorial among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

American College of Cardiology NCDR Chest Pain—MI Registry Platinum Award recognizes high standards of patient care

Holy Family Memorial has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019. This is the fifth consecutive year that HFM has received the recognition for heart attack care, and they are one of only 225 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes HFM’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that HFM 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 Platinum Performance Achievement Award, HFM 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.

“This is a huge accomplishment for Holy Family Memorial and affirms the collaborative efforts between our heart care team, Emergency Department and local EMS,” said Dr. Michael Rosenberg, medical director of the HFM Heart and Vascular Center.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) is a serious type of heart attack that 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.

As the only hospital in Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties with a cardiac cath lab with 24/7 coverage, Dr. Rosenberg says area residents are fortunate to be able to stay in Manitowoc County to get treated for a heart attack.

“Time is muscle and every second counts when saving a life, and the heart,” said Dr. Rosenberg. “By going to the nearest cath lab, an individual can get their blocked vessel reopen.”

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.