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Nebraska Medical Center earns chest pain award

Image with caption: Mary Kisicki

Mary Kisicki

Nebraska Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology's National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Chest Pain - Myocardial Infarction (MI) Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019. Nebraska Medical Center is one of only 225 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

"This is an amazing honor and a great example of the hard work and dedication to high quality care for our heart attack patients," said Michaela Newman, director, Nebraska Medicine Heart and Vascular Network. "This program spans across many areas throughout the hospital and it takes an enormous amount of effort from all teams involved: cardiology, emergency department, cath lab, acute care, heart and vascular quality and our emergency medical services partners. Congratulations to the entire team!"

The award recognizes the commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that the cardiology team has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

"We have an opportunity and obligation to provide the community with the highest standard of care and receiving this award is a reflection of our commitment to that through our adherence to the ACC/AHA recommended guidelines and utilizing standardized processes," said Mary Kisicki, clinical program coordinator, heart and vascular. "This award would not be possible without all of the Nebraska Medicine's staff and providers' commitment and dedication through a team approach."

To receive the Chest Pain - MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Nebraska Medical Center has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain - MI Registry for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

A recent article in the Omaha World-Herald shows that quality of care at work. In his final column for the paper, Matthew Hansen recounts suffering a heart attack and the excellent care he received from the team. Read the article.

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