Published on June 19, 2018

Parkview Shines with Platinum Award from American College of Cardiology

Parkview Medical Center among the best 200 hospitals for heart attack care

Parkview Medical Center was recently honored by the American College of Cardiology with its NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum award for achieving the highest standards of heart attack care.

By earning the organization’s Platinum recognition, Parkview had to demonstrate a 90 percent or better compliance with the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association’s clinical guidelines for heart attack care, and do it for two years, or eight consecutive quarters.

The award puts Parkview in the company of just 203 hospitals nationwide in 2018.

“This award is recognition of Parkview Medical Center’s commitment to providing the highest quality of care to Pueblo and Southern Colorado,” said Dr. Greg Bowman, Chief Quality Officer for Parkview Medical Center. “It is also reflective of the hard work by our clinical staff, physicians and health care partners, including medical facilities in rural Southern Colorado.”

The award examines a number of different quality measures, including how fast a heart attack patient is seen from the time that patient comes through the door to the time he or she is given medication to break up a clot (less than 30 minutes) and the time it takes for a patient to get from the door of the hospital to the catheterization lab (less than 90 minutes).

Other measures include providing proper medications on discharge, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Parkview Medical Center has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt, chair of the ACTION Registry, Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, Parkview Medical Center is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 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.

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.