The Terrebonne General Medical Center has received a national award for its treatment of heart attack patients.
The hospital is one of 37 nationwide to receive the Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2018 from the American College of Cardiology’s national data registry. The Houma hospital is the first in the state to receive the award.
“The registry measures best practices in caring for patients who had a STEMI or non-STEMI heart attacks,” said the hospital’s director of marketing Rhonda Alfred. “The number of measures we collect is far too many to list.”
Some measures used to determine whether a hospital is worthy of the award include arrival to procedure time, arrival to the time an electrocardiogram is administered and the correct medicines being prescribed upon discharge.
“As a Gold Performance Award recipient, TGMC has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, who is a member of the registry. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, TGMC 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.
Heart attacks occur when a blood clot in an artery blocks flow to the heart. 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.
“Each year, TGMC sees over three thousand patients who are admitted for treatment of heart disease. We are committed to ensuring our heart patients receive the best possible care from our affiliation with the highly distinguished and reputable physicians of Cardiovascular Institute of the South, and our own talented nurses and care teams,” said Phyllis Peoples, the hospital’s president and CEO. “It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award."
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