WMC Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients
By Kristy Bleizeffer Aug 27, 2020
Wyoming has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2020. We are one of only 140 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 we have 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 two consecutive years (2018 and 2019), and performed at the highest 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 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 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.
“Wyoming Medical Center has been committed for decades to providing excellent care in cardiology. For the last eight 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 all this time in multiple components of this complex process, said Adrian Fluture, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Director of Cathlab and Regional Cardiac Care at Wyoming Medical Center.
“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,” Dr. Fluture said.
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 54,000 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.
Wyoming Medical Center is Casper’s only nonprofit, full-service acute care hospital, located both in the heart of the city and the heart of Wyoming. We are a regional referral and trauma center serving 11 Wyoming counties, 19 communities and 250,000 lives. We are Wyoming’s first Primary Stroke Center and treat more than 200 strokes per year in patients across the state.
Dr. Fluture is Director of Cathlab and Regional Cardiac Care at Wyoming Medical Center. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, vascular and endovascular medicine and hypertension.