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CMH among nation’s top hospitals for treatment of heart attack patients

Citizens Memorial Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain - MI (Myocardial Infraction) Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2020.

CMH is one of only 124 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes CMH’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that CMH 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.

To receive the Chest Pain - MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award, CMH has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain - MI Registry for four consecutive quarters during 2019 and performed with distinction in 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.

“As a Silver Performance Award recipient, CMH has established itself as a leader in setting the national standard for improving quality of care in patients with acute myocardial infarction,” says Gary Fulbright, CEO/executive director of CMH and Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation. “By meeting the award requirements set forth in the registry, CMH has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”

The Center for Disease Control estimates that almost 700,000 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.

“This recognition is a result of a lot of hard work and dedication from our entire heart team,” says Jenna Hicks, director of time critical diagnosis at CMH. “From pre-hospital services and the emergency department to the cath lab, cardiology and ICU, our team is consistently working together to review outcomes, quality measures and processes that will provide our patients with the very best heart care.”

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.

Cardiac Care at CMH

The CMH Heart Institute Clinic and CMH Cath Lab include two board-certified cardiologists, John F. Best, M.D., FACP, FACC, FSCAI, and Joseph Moore, M.D., and nurse practitioners, Kyla Inman, NP-C and Jane Smith, NP-C. The physicians and cardiac team staff specialize in invasive/interventional cardiology, diagnostic angiography, coronary angioplasty and stenting, pacemaker implantation, echo cardiography, inferior vena cava filter placement, pericardiocentesis, electrical cardioversion, stress testing and more.

Cardiovascular services at CMH includes an accredited Level II STEMI program with 24/7 cardiology availability. STEMI, which stands for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, is a heart attack in which a blocked coronary artery prevents blood from getting to the heart muscle. CMH was honored with the American College of Cardiology ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement award in 2018 and the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Gold Quality Achievement Award and Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement Award in 2017 for demonstrating excellent patient outcomes and implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer heart attacks.

The CMH cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program is nationally recognized and is designed to help heart and lung patients recover quickly from a heart-related surgery, a heart attack or diagnosis of heart or pulmonary disease. It is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The team of physicians, registered nurses, registered respiratory therapists and dietitians work with patients, their families and their physicians to structure a lifestyle plan tailored to meet their specific needs.

For more information about cardiovascular services at CMH, call the CMH Information Center at 417-328-6010 or

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