Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Receives National Award for Heart Attack Care

CRMC   9-15, 2016

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has received the American College of Cardiology’s Platinum Performance Award for 2016. CRMC is one of only 223 hospitals to receive the Platinum-level heart award this year.

The award recognizes CRMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that CRMC 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 Action Registry – GWTG Platinum Performance Award, CRMC consistently followed the treatment guidelines 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.

The Action Registry – GWTG is one of eight hospital-based registries that provides guideline recommendations to assist hospitals with meeting their quality improvement goals.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, Chair, ACTION-Registry-GWTG Chair; Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 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.

“This award means that the Cheyenne Regional Heart and Vascular Institute is providing the best cardiac care according to the national quality standards,” said cardiologist Muhammad Khan, MD, medical director of cardiovascular care at CRMC. “We are among the top ten percent in providing cardiac care as a whole and respective areas of percutaneous coronary intervention, myocardial infarction and heart failure.” Percutaneous coronary intervention is a non-surgical procedure used to open clogged arteries.

CRMC is also the recipient of several other notable awards this year, including:

  • “Health Care’s Most Wired®” for the third year in a row.
  • A gold-level award for heart attack care from the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program.
  • Selection as one of 516 medical clinics to participate in the five-year Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model.