MRMC among nation’s top-performing hospitals for heart attack treatment


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) has received the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2023.

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. MRMC was one of only 56 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

“We take our commitment to delivering rapid, state-of-the-art heart attack care very seriously, and we’re proud to earn this award again,” said Maury Regional Health CEO Martin Chaney, MD. “The care provided to patients experiencing a cardiac emergency by our physicians, nurses and entire heart team saves lives. Responding quickly and getting those patients into our cardiac catheterization laboratory at MRMC as soon as possible is critical, and I’m proud of our exceptional door-to-balloon time average.”

In order to receive the Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award, hospitals must demonstrate sustained achievement in the Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry for two consecutive years and perform at the top level for specific performance measures.

Full participation in the 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.

“It is an honor to award Maury Regional Medical Center with the Gold Performance Award for their valuable national leadership and dedication to meeting comprehensive performance measures in patient care,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. “The receipt of this award indicates that Maury Regional Medical Center remains committed to providing top quality, guideline-driven care for heart attack patients. Their success ensures patients are receiving the highest quality cardiovascular care.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that more than 800,000 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.

MRMC’s emergency responders are equipped to begin treatment immediately and relay vital information to the hospital while in route to the Emergency Department. Physicians and staff are then waiting for the patient and can begin treatment immediately in the cardiac catheterization lab to open the blocked vessel or, in severe cases, transfer for open heart surgery.

The communication and rapid response have led to MRMC’s current 53-minute average door-to-balloon time — the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital to when a blocked artery is opened — according to Maury Regional Health Administrative Director of Cardiovascular Services and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Cathy Malone. That is 37 minutes ahead of the standard time recommended by American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guidelines (90 minutes).

MRMC’s newly renovated, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab features a team of expert cardiologists who work in tandem with a highly skilled and experienced team and cutting-edge technology to investigate heart conditions and perform an array of interventional procedures.

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