UNC Nash Heart Center receives multiple achievement awards

The Heart Center at UNC Nash Heath Care has received three national awards for quality achievement, the Mission Lifeline® NSTEMI Gold Award and the Mission Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Gold Award from the American Heart Association and the ACTION Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2018 from the American College of Cardiology.

The Mission: Lifeline® Gold Quality Achievement Awards recognize hospitals that implement specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer heart attacks. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. UNC Nash earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

“We commend the Heart Center at UNC Nash Health Care for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline® Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”

The ACTION Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology recognizes UNC Nash Health Care’s commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients as outlined by American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. UNC Nash is one of only 37 hospitals nationwide to win this award. The Nash Heart Center is a member of the American College of Cardiology’s ACTION Registry, a network of hospitals sharing process of care and outcomes data on heart attack patients with a goal of continuous quality improvement. To receive the award, Nash Health Care demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures. UNC Nash received the Silver award last year.

Dr. Michael Yeung is the physician leader on the Nash team. Since opening in 2014, the Nash Heart Center has increased the scope of services available for patients in the Rocky Mount area. UNC faculty including Dr. Yeung as well as Drs. Ruihai Zhou, Carlos Espinoza, Zehra Husain, and Stephanie Martin, along with Drs. Sudhir Prasada and Roy Flood provide cardiac care and perform interventional procedures including stent placement and balloon angioplasty. In February 2018, the available services for Nash patients grew to include a dedicated Heart Valve Clinic where patients can be evaluated for complex valve disease for either minimally invasive percutaneous intervention or surgery.

These three awards recognize the commitment to quality of care and range of options available at the Nash Heart Center for patients experiencing heart attack in the Rocky Mount area. “Being part of UNC, it is our mission to serve the state of North Carolina,” said Dr. Yeung. “Two years ago, we found that there was a huge unmet need in terms of the management of heart attacks in the Rocky Mount area and we set out to change that.  We are very excited to receive these awards, and we are very pleased to work together with Dr. Sudhir Prasada in managing our heart attack patients to improve our community.  We are also adding new services to the Heart Center - such as a Valve Clinic and Heart Failure Clinic.  And hopefully that is ultimately our goal, for all of us to work together in order to improve and deliver comprehensive cardiac care in Rocky Mount.”

Read news coverage from the Rocky Mount Telegram on Nash Heart Center awards.

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