Piedmont Augusta 1 of 81 US Hospitals to Receive 2022 MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award

Piedmont Augusta (formerly University Hospital) has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2022. Piedmont Augusta is one of only 81 hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in our region to receive this honor.

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

“Receiving the ACC NCDR CP - MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2022 represents the culmination of a deliberate effort to put patient experience, quality and outcomes first,” said Timothy Hunter, M.D., a cardiothorasic surgeron and medical director of Piedmont Augusta’s cardiothorasic surgery program.

“Piedmont Augusta has a long history of being the community leader in innovation and excellence in cardiac care, and this award demonstrates our commitment to following national data, derived from science-based guidelines, to provide the highest quality outcomes for our patients and families,” he said.

“This has been made possible by the tireless efforts and collaboration of an excellent team of physicians, nurses and support staff that constantly strives for improving quality outcomes.  We give our ‘heart’ felt thanks to our team members for their hard, work and our patients and their families for their faithful support of our care mission at Piedmont Augusta.”

To receive the Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award, Piedmont Augusta has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry for two consecutive years (2020 and 2021), 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.

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 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.

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, 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. For more, visit acc.org.