Memorial Hospital Recognized for High Standard of Heart Care

November 4th, 2016

Prairie Heart Institute Memorial Hospital of Carbondale has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016. The hospital is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes the Prairie team for consistently meeting the goal of treating heart attack patients using the highest standards of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association. Memorial Hospital has followed these guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90%.

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.

“The STAT Heart and STEMI program at Prairie Heart Institute at MHC is one of the finest programs in the country, taking care of the acute heart attack patients in Southern Illinois,” said the program medical director, Dr. Varadendra Panchamukhi. “Besides timely care of these patients, we also pride ourselves in their appropriate follow up as per ACC/AHA recommended guidelines. The award is a tribute to the entire team who work tirelessly to provide state of the art cardiovascular care to the community.”

Treating Heart Attacks is a Group Effort

Prairie Heart Institute at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale is the receiving facility for a hub & spoke model of heart care spanning throughout southern Illinois. Teams of EMS personnel along with 10 hospital emergency departments in the region make up the Prairie STAT Heart Network for treating heart attacks.

These Include:

  • Herrin Hospital (chest pain center)
  • St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro
  • Franklin Hospital, Benton
  • Ferrell Hospital, Eldorado
  • Harrisburg Medical Center
  • Marshall Browning Hospital, DuQuoin
  • Memorial Hospital, Chester
  • Perry County Hospital, Pinckneyville
  • Union County Hospital, Anna
  • VA Medical Center, Marion

A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. The primary means of treatment is getting to a facility capable of opening the blockage, like Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. The facilities and EMS personnel collaborate to make this transfer as seamless as possible, so heart attacks are treated efficiently and with the highest level of quality.

About the ACTION Registry-GWTG

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

The American College of Cardiology is a 52,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health.