Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has received the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) NCDR Chest Pain-MI Registry® Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019.

PMC is one of the nation’s 225 hospitals to receive this honor recognizing its commitment to providing a higher level of care for heart attack patients.

To receive this prestigious distinction, the hospital must demonstrate sustained achievement in the Chest Pain-MI Registry® for eight consecutive quarters.

For more than a decade, the Chest Pain – MI Registry® has been the single, most trusted source for outcomes-based, continuous quality improvement focusing exclusively on patients diagnosed as high-risk STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction – the most common type of a heart attack) and NSTEMI (non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction – typically, less damaging to the heart). It continues as the nation’s most significant quality improvement program for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and acute coronary syndromes, including unstable angina and low-risk chest pain.

“This award is one more way that PMC proves our continued commitment to provide quality heart care for our patients,” said PMC Director of the PMC Heart and Vascular Institute, Lorri Burgess. “Our cardiology team works tirelessly to treat and educate patients with heart disease. I am proud of their dedication to our patients and their drive to deliver comprehensive cardiac care meeting and/or exceeding national standards.”

“This award shows that we consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, evidence-based guidelines,” said PMC Interventional Cardiologist Muhammad Ahmad, MD. “Being held to this high standard shows, we are focused on continually improving quality care and patient safety.”

Dr. Ahmad says the outcomes speak for themselves and are indicative of the commitment of PMC and its physicians to put patient care first.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, about 790,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these cases, 580,000 are a first heart attack,” said Dr. Ahmad. “The need to provide quality care is absolutely a matter of life and death and we strive to do everything we can to bring quality care to those in our region who need it most.”.