June 07, 2023
Annual award honors Texas Health entities for high-level performance and quality cardiac care

ARLINGTON, Texas — With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the United States, Texas Health Resources is addressing the problem with quality care and science-based guidelines for treating heart attack patients. This focus has once again earned Texas Health facilities the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Chest Pain – MI Registry Performance Achievement Award.

Surgeons performing cardiac procedure

Texas Health hospitals accounted for nine of the 400 facilities recognized across the country this year.

The award annually recognizes hospitals that provide a high standard of care for patients who have had a heart attack, which is when a clot in a coronary artery blocks blood flow to the heart.

“This award demonstrates our continued commitment to addressing the needs of cardiac patients and partnering with North Texans for a lifetime of health and well-being,” said Kirk King, Texas Health’s Hospital Channel chief operating officer. “Whether it’s a chronic cardiac condition or an emergency heart procedure, our motivation is solely driven by the desire to get patients back to enjoying life.”

The award also confirms that facilities have attained an impressive goal of treating patients as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. These guidelines include giving aspirin to heart attack patients upon arrival and discharge in the ER, restoring blood flow to a blocked artery in a timely manner, providing counseling on smoking cessation and offering cardiac rehabilitation.

According to the latest information published by the American Heart Association, more than 382,000 Americans died of heart disease in 2020. Hitting closer to home, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than 50,500 Texans lost their battle against heart disease in 2021.

“When someone passes away after ignoring the signs and symptoms of heart disease, that’s one too many,” said Sunita Koshy-Nesbitt, M.D., M.B.A., Hospital Channel chief quality officer and a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist. “We’re committed to providing North Texans with necessary resources, along with the quality cardiac care they need and deserve.”

Texas Health hospitals accounted for nine of the 400 facilities recognized across the country this year (with Platinum serving as the highest level*):

Platinum Performance Achievement Award recipients (only 262 hospitals in the nation honored)

Silver Performance Achievement Award recipient (only 82 hospitals in the nation honored)

A full list of recipients will be in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” issue. 

Follow this link to learn more about the heart health and wellness programs offered at Texas Health facilities.

* The performance award has three levels, with Platinum being the highest form of recognition for adhering to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients:

  • Platinum: two consecutive years (2021 and 2022) performing at the highest level of standards for specific performance measures
  • Gold: two consecutive years (2021 and 2022) performing at the top level of standards for specific performance measures
  • Silver: four consecutive quarters (during 2022) performing with distinction for specific performance measures

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About Texas Health Resources

Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, nonprofit health system that cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider. With a service area that consists of 16 counties and more than 7 million people, the system is committed to providing quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 29 hospital locations under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. Texas Health access points and services, ranging from acute-care hospitals and trauma centers to outpatient facilities and home health and preventive services, provide the full continuum of care for all stages of life. The system has more than 4,100 licensed hospital beds, 6,400 physicians with active staff privileges and more than 26,000 employees. For more information about Texas Health, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.  

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