CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

Oct 19, 2022

Lake Charles, Louisiana, Oct. 4, 2022– CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2022. CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital is one of only 240 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that it 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.

“This recognition is a testament to the high-quality care CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital continues to deliver when treating heart attack patients. Our community can be assured when experiencing chest pains or a heart emergency, the best choice in seeking care is with CHRISTUS, said Jim Davidson, President, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana. “Our team is committed to providing evidence-based care that is continually evaluated and the hard work has paid off. The award is the highest level to be achieved.”

To receive the Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain ̶   MI Registry for two consecutive years (2020 and 2021) and performed at the highest level 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.

“It is an honor to award CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital with the Platinum 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 CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital 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 estimates that over 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. 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.

Chest Pain  ̶  MI 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.