Four wholly-owned Texas Health Resources hospitals have earned the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Performance Achievement Award, THR said in a news release.

The national award recognizes a facility’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for patients suffering a heart attack, which is when a blood clot in a coronary artery blocks blood flow to the heart.

The award also signifies that each facility has reached an aggressive goal of treating patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. Specific guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to a blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation.

According to a study published by the National Vital Statics Reports, heart disease death rates increased by 4 percent, between 2011 and 2017.

“That’s a trend we want to see diminish quickly,” said Lenetra King, Texas Health’s interim Program Development & Integration chief operating officer. “In fact, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack. We’re on a mission to empower our clinical care teams to consistently treat heart attack patients with science-based guidelines so quality cardiac care is provided to North Texans, each and every day.”

The performance award has three specific categories – Platinum, Gold and Silver.

Platinum: eight consecutive quarters performing at the top level of standards for specific performance measures (the most comprehensive monitoring tool and the highest level of participation for performance improvement and performance achievement)

Gold: eight consecutive quarters performing at the top level of standards for specific performance measures (limited data collection designed for hospitals unable to participate in the full data analysis)

Silver: four consecutive quarters performing at the top level of standards for specific performance measures

With more than 10 facilities recognized in North Texas this year, six of those recipients are Texas Health hospitals and joint ventures located in Arlington, Bedford, Dallas and Plano.

Platinum Award:

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Silver Award:

Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington (joint venture)

Texas Health Huguley Hospital (joint venture)

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

“For a health care system to be successful, it’s not about the accolades,” Jeffery Canose, M.D., Texas Health’s chief operating officer, said in a news release. “The recognition is definitely appreciated; but offering patients and their loved ones quality and customized service is the goal. Providing patients with the necessary resources so they can get back to enjoying life as quickly as possible is the motivating factor.”

A complete list of this year’s recipients will be highlighted in the October issue of US News and World Report’s “Best Hospitals’ edition.

Heart Attack Facts

Approximately every 40 seconds, someone in the United States will have a heart attack.

According to data from 2005 to 2014, the estimated annual incidence of heart attack in the United States was 605,000 new attacks and 200,000 recurrent attacks.

The average age at the first heart attack was 65.6 years for males and 72.0 years for females.

Heart attacks ($12.1 billion) and Coronary Heart Disease ($9.0 billion) were 2 of the 10 most expensive conditions treated in the nation’s hospitals in 2013.

– 2019 At-a-Glance Heart Disease Statistics from the American Heart Association

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