Five Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Centers Receive National Recognition for Heart Attack Treatment

September 27, 2019

American College of Cardiology NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Awards recognizes network’s high standards of patient care

Five Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Performance Achievement Awards for 2019 for their high standards of heart attack treatment. Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, and Ocean Medical Center received the Platinum Award for demonstrating sustained achievement in the Chest Pain  ̶   MI Registry for eight consecutive quarters.  JFK Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center received Silver Awards for demonstrating sustained achievement in the Chest Pain  ̶   MI Registry for four consecutive quarters.

“Having five of our medical centers receive these prestigious awards makes a powerful statement about our network’s commitment to providing the highest quality care possible to our patients,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “We are so proud of the work our team members are doing across the network. Awards like this are a real testament to their dedication.”

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 Platinum Performance Award recipients, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center and Ocean Medical Center have established themselves as leaders in setting the national standard for improving quality of care in patients with acute myocardial infarction,” said Michael C. Kontos, M.D., 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, all of the Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers have demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”

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.

“These awards demonstrate Hackensack Meridian Health’s success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, Hackensack Meridian Health regional president, southern market. “By treating patients to the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) clinical guideline recommendations we ensure they are receiving the best care possible.”