GOSHEN, Ind. – Patients having heart attacks receive the highest standard of care at Goshen Hospital, according to the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR). The NCDR recognized Goshen Hospital with its Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018. Goshen Hospital is the only hospital in Northern Indiana to achieve this distinction and one of 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
“This is the seventh year in a row for Goshen Hospital to achieve this recognition,” said Ram Khattri Chettri, MBA-HCM, MS, MATS, NP-C, RN, service line administrator for heart and vascular services at Goshen Health. “Only three other hospitals in the state of Indiana have earned this award seven times, since the award’s inception. The award reinforces our dedication to providing our community with the most current, defect-free heart attack care.”
The award recognizes Goshen Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that the hospital 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.
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.
To receive the award, Goshen Hospital consistently followed treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive rolling quarters over eight years and met a performance standard of 90 percent or greater for specific performance measures to receive this 2018 award.
From the first medical contact to coronary intervention, cardiologists at Goshen Heart & Vascular Center work as one team with Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Department physicians and Colleagues in the cardiovascular lab to stop heart attacks and restore blood flow. Early identification is crucial to saving heart muscle – and lives – which is why it is so important to call 9-1-1 if you think you are having a heart attack. Then treatment can begin in the ambulance on the way to the Emergency Department.