UofL Health – Jewish Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Chest Pain  ̶ Myocardial Infarction (MI) Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2021 and is one of only 60 hospitals in the nation to receive the honor.

“This award acknowledges our commitment and success in providing a higher level of care that improves the lives of heart attack patients and their families,” said Chandhiran Rangaswamy, M.D., cardiologist and medical director of the heart catherization lab at UofL Health. “It is an honor to work beside such a hardworking team that truly has a heart for saving the lives of others.”  

To receive the Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award, UofL Health – Jewish Hospital has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020), 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.

“As a Gold Performance Award recipient, UofL Health – Jewish Hospital 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, and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. “By meeting the award requirements set forth in the registry, UofL Health – Jewish Hospital has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”

UofL Health – Jewish Hospital performs approximately 500 heart catheterizations related to heart attacks each year and has fewer deaths than the national average due to the higher standard of care.

“The team at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital offers advanced heart care that never sleeps,” said John Walsh, CAO of UofL Health – Jewish Hospital. “This achievement speaks volumes about the tireless hours our team puts in to keep hearts beating. I am proud of their dedication and determination.”   

“It is a privilege to be a part of a team that has proven to be not only a regional, but national leader in heart care,” said Greg Brislin, chest pain coordinator at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital.  

The Centers 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.