Maury Regional among nation’s top performing hospitals for treatment of heart attack patients


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is one of only 60 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2021. The award recognizes MRMC’s commitment to providing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients as outlined by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.

“The physicians and staff at Maury Regional Medical Center are constantly measuring and assessing our clinical processes with national best practices to ensure we are providing the best possible care to our patients,” said Maury Regional Health CEO Alan Watson. “This recognition is a testament to that commitment and to the outstanding care patients experiencing a heart attack can expect from our cardiology, emergency department and emergency medical services teams should they ever need it. I am grateful for the life-saving care they provide each day.”

The American College of Cardiology awards the Chest Pain – MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award to hospitals that have demonstrated sustained achievement for two consecutive years in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) for the treatment of myocardial infarctions (MI) or heart attacks. Hospitals that have received the gold award have also performed at the top level of the registry for specific performance measures.

Participation in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry empowers health care providers 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.

“As a Gold Performance Award recipient, Maury Regional Medical Center has established itself as a leader 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 and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. “By meeting the award requirements set forth in the registry, Maury Regional has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that nearly 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, cardiac rehabilitation and others.

Heart services available at MRMC include cardiac diagnostics, cardiac catheterization laboratory, heart implants (defibrillators and pacemakers), an inpatient cardiac unit, cardiac rehabilitation, emergency medical services (EMS) and emergency department. Learn more at

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