Wyoming Medical Center Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

By Kristy Bleizeffer Aug 20, 2019

Our award-winning heart team includes members from several hospital departments including paramedics and first responders, ER nurses and physicians, Cardiac Cath Lab nurses and invasive specialists, and expert cardiologists.

Wyoming Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019. WMC is one of only 225 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

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

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

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 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.

At Wyoming Medical Center, all elements of the process of heart attack treatment are introduced into the national NCDR registry and data is carefully analyzed regularly, helping us to see where we are with our treatment and how we can get better. The great majority of our metrics are clearly better than average national data, said Adrian Fluture, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Director of Regional Myocardial Infarction at Wyoming Medical Center.

“Wyoming Medical Center, working together with Wyoming Cardiopulmonary Services, has been committed for decades to providing excellent care in cardiology. For the last seven years, our hospital has been one of the fastest in the nation when treating serious heart attack patients. Our program has continued to make significant progress in all components of this complex process,” Dr. Fluture said. 

“All team players have to be congratulated including EMTs, emergency room nurses, physicians, PCTs, cath lab techs and nurses, cardiologists, hospital operators, nursing supervisors and, last but not least, our heart attack program coordinator.”

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 52,000 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.

Adrian Fluture, M.D.

Adrian Fluture M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.

Dr. Fluture is a cardiologist at Wyoming Cardiopulmonary. He is Director of Regional Myocardial Infarction Care at Wyoming Medical Center.