Goshen Hospital is one of only 140 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2020. This is the ninth consecutive year Goshen Hospital has received this high distinction for providing outstanding care to heart attack patients.
To receive the award, hospitals must demonstrate they follow the clinical guidelines outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association to achieve superior outcomes and lower mortality.
“This unique achievement demonstrates we are providing the best possible heart attack care to our patients. Our heart attack system of care includes EMS, the Emergency Department, our heart and vascular service line providers and other Colleagues who all work together to meet this goal. We’re proud of them – and of the recognition from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association,” said Randy Christophel, President and CEO of Goshen Health. “Receiving this honor for nine consecutive years places us in a very elite group of the top hospitals in the country.”
“We work exceptionally hard to provide our patients incomparable care and successful outcomes,” said Dr. Blair MacPhail, Medical Director of Goshen Heart & Vascular Center. “Receiving this award once again reinforces that our hard work is making a dramatic difference.”
The Centers 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, counseling for smoking cessation and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.
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 as soon as the emergency responders arrive.