Hospital Earns Gold Chest Pain Award

Posted: July 22, 2019

NorthBay Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  — MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2019. It is one of only 30 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

This marks the sixth year for the Fairfield hospital to be honored with this award. It recognizes NorthBay’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that the hospital 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 award, NorthBay had to demonstrate sustained achievement in the Chest Pain — MI Registry for eight consecutive quarters and perform 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.

“As a Gold Performance Award recipient, NorthBay Medical Center has established itself as a leader in setting the national standard for improving quality of care in patients with acute myocardial infarction,” said Michael C. Kontos, M.D., chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee. “By meeting the award requirements set forth in the registry, NorthBay has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”

“It takes a highly trained and cohesive team to provide optimal care for heart attack patients,” said NorthBay Healthcare President and CEO Konard Jones. “We are pleased that our hard work in delivering life-saving care is recognized with this award, which is also a testament to our mission to provide compassionate care and advanced medicine, close to home.”

“This is a great honor and tangible evidence of the hard work and commitment of our entire Heart & Vascular team to deliver the highest quality in cardiovascular care to our patients,” noted NorthBay Healthcare Group President Aimee Brewer.  

“It is a great achievement and a prodigious way to show patients and their families the strides we are making in providing quality care,” added Justin Hovey, Cardiovascular Patient Care Program Manager.  

The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. 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.


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